LTS Students Excel at Vermont National History Day Competition
Students in Long Trail School’s Advanced American History history class had an exciting time at Vermont National History Day in Montpelier on April 7. Thirteen tenth graders participated in the senior division of the competition. This year’s theme was ‘Conflict and Compromise in History.’ In the paper category, Nessia Crispe won third place while Jeremy Linfield received first place. Ben Boggio won first place in the individual website category. For individual exhibits, Kathryn Dugan won third place and Gretchen Hammell received second place. In group exhibits, Lang Quail and Oisin Harrington came in first. In addition to qualifying for nationals, they won the International Studies Award, which includes a monetary prize. They join Linfield, Boggio and Hammell as students invited to compete at National History Day in June at the University of Maryland. Sean Bottomms, Nolan Hilliard, Chaeli Knapp-Wilson, Ben Spiro, Jae VanDerWielen and Ryan Wang also competed.
“This type of research project allows students to investigate a topic they are passionate about while building their research and analysis skills. National History Day requires meticulous collection and analysis of primary and secondary sources which engages students in the process of being an historian, said Social Studies Department chair Tess Kahn, who was awarded the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Teacher Award and received a free history exploration visit for one class to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.