Benton Middle School student to compete in Virginia State National History competition
Posted on 03/29/2019
Virginia State National History Day Competition Five students from Prince William County Public Schools received awards at the Region Five, Virginia History Day Contest held on March 3, and one student is moving on to the state competition on April 27. Those students whose projects receive high scores at the upcoming state competition will advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, in late spring.

Alyssa Kiffer, a student at Benton Middle School, earned second place in the individual documentary (Junior Division) category at the Region Five, Virginia State National History Day competition. She prepared for the competition by working throughout the school year on topics that relate to this year’s History Day theme, “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” Kiffer’s project “The Little Rock Nine and the Crisis at Central High: The Triumph of Desegregation, The Tragedy of Increased Racial Hate and Violence” impressed the judges and earned her high scores at the regional competition.

Ahmed Qureshi, a Colgan High School student, was awarded third place in the individual documentary (Senior Division) category for his project, “The Birmingham Campaign of 1963.”

The George Washington Leadership Prize sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington was presented to the senior individual exhibit project, “Remembering Petty Officer Monsoor” by Danielle Flavin from Colgan High School.

In the junior group documentary category, “Jennie Dean and the Manassas Industrial School” was awarded both the National Women’s History Museum Award and the Virginia History Award, to Ali Ghaleb, Angel Lopez, and Larry Ulloa Espinoza from Graham Park Middle School.

With the help of their teachers, these PWCS students submitted either a research paper, exhibit, documentary, an original performance, or website. The judging is based on each submission’s historical accuracy, interpretation, presentation, and use of primary research. The year-long program culminates in a series of contests held at the regional, state, and national levels.