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Four Middle School Students Advance in National History Day Contest

April 28, 2021


All four Dripping Springs ISD middle school students who participated in the state-level National History Day competition placed in the top two in their respective categories and have earned the right to advance to national competition.


DSMS seventh-grader Grant Gillum placed first in the state for his individual website titled “Selling Space: The Significance of Propaganda During the Space Race.”


SSMS seventh-grader Stephanie Gearing and eighth-grader Michael Gearing also claimed first-place honors for their group website, “Marie Curie: Perception vs. Reality – How Bias and Miscommunication in Secondary Sources Distorts the Truth.” They will advance to the national competition for the second straight year.


SSMS seventh-grader Luke Voss captured second place with his individual documentary, “Code Talkers: Native American Heroes.”


National History Day® (NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage more than 500,000 middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.


All students began the school year by picking a topic that related to the annual theme“Communication in History: The Key to Understanding” and were judged on the quality of their research, interpretation of primary and secondary sources, and the quality of the presentation of their findings.


The national competition will be held from June 13-19.