More than 350 students from across the state competed during the National History Day Arkansas competition April 15 at the University of Central Arkansas.
The theme was "Taking a Stand in History."
From that, 17 students from the Conway School District placed first and second place during the contest. That group will continue on to represent Arkansas at the National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland in College Park. Three thousand students are set to compete at the national contest.
"The students have been working on their projects since the start of school and many had to go through school competitions in their categories and all had to advance through the regional competition in March," faculty sponsor William Richardson said.
He added that many of the students are returning to national competition for a second time while the eighth graders will be competing for the first time ever.
"We are really proud of our students and how well they represented our city during the state competition," Richardson said. "They competed well against stiff competition from the state of Arkansas."
From Conway Junior High School:
· First place in junior group performance was Cade Smiley and Zoe Russell for "Enduring Chains: Clarissa Olds Keeler Stands Against the Convict Lease System."
· First place in senior group performance was Anna Caroline Gregg, Olivia Marotte and Ethan Marotte for "Misery as Vast as the Skies: Margaret Sanger’s Stand For Women’s Reproductive Rights."
· Second place in junior individual exhibit was Hannah Bruhn for "The Delano Movement: Cesar Chavez and the Stand for Farmworkers’ Rights."
· Second place in junior paper was Sunil Kumar for "Gandhi’s Salt March Towards Dandi: A Stand Against Great Britain."
· Second place in senior individual exhibit was Rylee Wills for "We Too Are Americans: Japanese Americans Taking A Stand Against Bigotry And Discrimination During World War II."
· Second place in senior individual documentary was Sydney Greathouse for "Outrunning Racism: Jesse Owens Taking a Stand."
· Second place in senior individual website was Joslyn Bruenger for "I Cannot and Will Not Recant: Martin Luther’s Stand to Reform the Church."
· Second place in senior group website was Sara Holman and Madison Meek for "Deeds, Not Words: Mothers and Daughters Taking a Stand for Women’s Suffrage."
· Second place in senior group performance was Kalista Pettus and Grace Applewhite for "From Riots to Rebellion the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Taking a Stand Against Law Enforcement and the Status Quo."
From Conway High School:
· First place in senior individual exhibit was Sydney Mulhearn for "Epperson v. Arkansas: One Teacher’s Stand For Academic Freedom and Integrity."
· First place in senior individual website was Lauren Campbell for "Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Taking a Stand for Those Who Can’t."
· First place in senior paper was Annette Quinn for "Frank Kameny: Standing Up for Gay Rights in Government and Society."