Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School student winners of the National History Day Contest visited the State House this week in recognition of their accolades.
State Rep. Bradford R. Hill, R-Ipswich; Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito; and state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, welcomed students to the Statehouse from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School who competed and placed at the 2018 National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.
At this year’s national competition, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School juniors Tucker Apgar, Sean Li and Lily Ting won first place in the Senior Group Website category for their entry, “By winter we will know all: The Prague Spring and Conflict Over Control.” Additionally, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School sophomore Nora Sullivan-Horner placed seventh in the Junior Individual Website category for her project on the Meiji Restoration.
The annual contest encourages more than half a million students globally to conduct research on a historical topic of their choice. Students initially compete at the local level and gradually advance to larger competitions. Only top students manage to qualify for the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
The students received a tour of the Statehouse, including the House floor and the governor’s office. In addition, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo received the students in his office and praised them for their work.
“As a former general, I am immensely proud to see Hamilton-Wenham students distinguish themselves at the national level,” said Hill. Their success is a testament to both their academic abilities as well as their teachers’ amazing efforts in the classroom. After speaking with these remarkable students, I look forward to seeing the great things they will achieve in their remaining time at the regional and beyond.”