Lausanne middle school and upper school students traveled to College Park, Maryland this week to compete in the National History Day competition.
National History Day is a non-profit education organization that offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the national contest.
On Monday, Lausanne students participated in the first round of the national competition against 91 other groups from across the country as well as a few global competitors.
Maliaka Kumar '23, Dany Hamze '23, Risha Manga '23, Hayley McManic '23 and Nikhita Srinivas '23 competed in the Junior live performance division. They qualified for the national competition by winning the West Tennessee regional contest in February and also winning the state competition in Nashville this past March.
The group wrote and performed a ten-minute live performance called “The Atomic Quandry” about the conflict of the US dropping the atomic bombs that ended World War II. The theme of the competition this year was Triumph and Tragedy. The group showed the tragedy of the effects of dropping the bombs as well as the triumph of the US ending WWII.
Dalia Chemaitilly ‘21, Ali Devji ‘21, Jad Hamze ‘21, Isabel Kagoo ‘21 and Cailin Brown ‘21 also participated as a part of the upper school team.