Hyde Park School Students Advance to International Competition

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Hyde Park School students will demonstrate their historical chops when they represent CPS and Ohio at an international competition.

(Photographed L to R): Leslie, Ella, Emma, Sarah and Anna prepare to compete in the National History Day contest.

The sixth-graders advanced to National History Day’s The National Contest after placing in the Ohio History Day competition that took place in Delaware, Ohio, this spring. Ella, Emma and Sarah, who presented on “Internment on American Soil- An Unjustified Tragedy,” earned first place. Leslie and Anna presented on “Beyond the Borders of Nationality: How a Global Campaign Brought a Multi-Year Ethnic Conflict Between Serbia and Kosovo to an End.” They placed second.

“The amount of time and effort they put into their work showed great perseverance, but more importantly, they have challenged themselves to take on a project at a scope beyond expectation,” said Kate Fischer, fifth- and sixth-grade social studies teacher at Hyde Park School. “During the process, each student grew tremendously. From interviewing children of former internees and the ambassador to the United States from Kosovo, Vlora Citaku, to presenting their work, the students’ self-confidence and awareness of the world have dramatically increased.”

The National Contest is the final stage of a series of competitions at local and state levels. Nearly 3,000 students from all 50 U.S. states, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, China, Korea and South Asia will compete.

“The students are very excited and bolstered by their recent success,” Fischer continued. “They are looking forward to representing Hyde Park School and Ohio at nationals and to sharing what they learned.”

The students will travel to the University of Maryland in June to compete in The National Contest.

Keep up with the great things happening at Hyde Park School at https://hydepark.cps-k12.org.

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