Weston Middle School sixth graders Ben Averick, Jayson Pinals and Oscar Matousek won second place in the National History Day statewide competition in the Junior Group Exhibit category. The competition was held in Hartford on April 28.
The students, who advanced to the state competition after securing a win in the district competition in March, will now represent Weston and the state of Connecticut as they advance to the national competition, set for June 10-14 in Washington, D.C.
The students project was titled The Holocaust: A Jewish Genocide. To complete their project, they chose a topic based on this year’s theme, (Revolution, Reaction, Reform), designed a project board, wrote a process paper, and conducted an in-depth interview with a Holocaust survivor.
The competition also included a 10-minute interview with the judges.
The first place project in this category was The Pequot War: America’s First Revolution by Madeline Langdon and Claire Langdon of Fairfield.
Each year, more than 2,000 Connecticut students participate in this program at the school, district, state and national level. History Day in Connecticut is an affiliate of the National History Day program.