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Oak Harbor students earn spots to take part in national History Day competition

HomeConnection students Riley Grace Borden, Caitlin Maronde, Connor Quijano and Megan Maronde brought home awards from the regional History Day competition, with help from Dena Royal. - Contributed photo
HomeConnection students Riley Grace Borden, Caitlin Maronde, Connor Quijano and Megan Maronde brought home awards from the regional History Day competition, with help from Dena Royal.
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Out of the four HomeConnection students competing in National History Day, all four entries qualified for the state contest through the regional competition held March 10 at Western Washington University.

This year’s theme was “revolution, reaction and reform.” Students used primary and secondary research and interviews to create a 10-minute documentary, a 10-minute performance, a website, an exhibit or a historical paper. The project required hundreds of hours of work over the past six months.

The students competed against middle and high school students from Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties.

The top two winners from each category advance to the state competition, which will be May 5 at Bellevue College.

Due to budget cutbacks, the students need to get 100 percent of cost expenses from donations. In the past, the school district has funded the trip. Donations can be sent to HomeConnection Booster Club, c/o Clover Valley HomeConnection, 600 Cherokee St., Oak Harbor.

HomeConnection was the only school with 100 percent of their students advancing to the state contest.

Megan Maronde, a 10th-grade student, won first place in Senior Individual Documentary for “The Eugenics Movement: Science Negatively Influencing Social Reform.” This is her third year of participating in History Day.

Connor Quijano, an 11th-grade student, won first place for Senior Individual Website for “Equity vs. Equality: Women in U.S. Military Service Academies.” This is his second year doing History Day.

First-year History Day student, sixth-grader Riley Grace Borden, earned first place for her Junior Individual Performance, “Indian Boarding Schools:  A Revolution Without Guns.” She was also honored with presenting her performance at the award ceremony.

Caitlin Maronde, a seventh-grade student and first-year History Day student, earned second place in Junior Individual Documentary for “Seattle’s Hooverville: A Precedent to Public Housing Reform.”

 

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