History Students Advance to National Competition
CFA Upper School students met with great success at the NC National History Day competition on April 25 in Raleigh. Over 400 participants submitted group and individual projects, websites, and documentaries. This website on the National Women’s Suffrage Association, submitted by Lila Das, Eugenia Jenkins, Lizzie Sweyer, and Emma Wright, won first place in one of nine competition categories! This qualifies these students to move on to the national competition. Also competing from CFA were Kelly Butler, Rebecca Early, and Emily Cooke who presented a documentary on Maya Angelou which received a 4th place prize.
CFA Middle School students participated for the first time in NHD and took four projects to this state competition. Trinity Swepson won the “Innovation Award” for her tri-fold on the inventor Nikola Tesla. Her Tesla coil convincingly portrayed Tesla as a man ahead of his time and whose legacy of wireless transfer of electricity has a major impact on how we live our lives. Annie Kane and Lilly Lancaster participated with their tri-fold on Genghis Khan as did Lacey Kleppinger who focused on the “Leadership and Legacy” of Kublai Khan. In the documentary category, Tyler Smith did his work on the Roman Emperor Constantine and the impact of his conversion of his empire to Christianity. Jillian Lancaster presented a skit (performance) on Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her effort to save the African elephant from poachers.
Special thanks to Upper School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Mark Campbell, and Middle School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Nathan Gergel, for their leadership and mentoring.