Escalante students qualify for National History Day Contest

National History Day Contests finalists pictured from left to right: Escalante Middle School students Lucy Tanaka, Abigail Phelps, and Brooke Kandell.

The goal of the nationwide competition is to “study the past to inform the present and shape the future.”

The National Contest is the culmination of the annual competition cycle and a celebration of student scholarship. After spending months on project research and preparation, and successfully competing at local and affiliate contests, student scholars are invited to share their work at the National Contest.

Congratulations to all of the 39 Escalante students who competed April 27-28 at the State History Day competition in Denver. The first- and second-place finishers qualify to compete, and 3rd place finishers are alternates.

  • 1st place, Junior Individual Website: Lucy Q. Tanaka - Silent Spring: The Book that Caused A Not-So-Silent Uproar in the Environmental Community
  • 2nd place, Junior Individual Performance: Brooke Kandell, How Women Changed American Medicine:  The New York Infirmary for Women and Children

  • 3rd place, Junior Individual Paper: Abigail Phelps - Columbine: A Massacre Stealing More than 15 Lives

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State History Day Contest winners from Escalante

Escalante students who finished from 1st through 5th place in the 2024 State History Day Contest in Denver.