Abhirami Suresha, Mathew Iozzi, and Sarah Guan
Success at National History Day's state competition in Carlisle, Pennsylvania means advancement to the national competition for three students from East High School. 11th-grader Sarah Guan won first place for her individual documentary, United in Diversity: The European Union's Quest for Continental Peace. 10th-graders Mathew Iozzi and Abhirami Suresh received second place for their group documentary, The India-Pakistan Conflict: Tensions Over Land & Power.
Guan, Iozzi, and Suresh will join a team of students from Fugett Middle School at the national contest June 10-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 8th-graders Liam Aylsworth, Jake Coombe, Chase Latyak, and Tommy Scheuer won 1st place in the state competition in the Junior Group Documentary category with their film entitled "The Space Race: From Competitive Fight to Cooperative Flight." 8th-grader Alison Alexis essay "The Comics Code: Conflict and Compromise," took second place in the Junior Paper category.
Each year, more than half a million middle and high school students across the country participate in National History Day. The Chester County Historical Society is the coordinator of the local contest in Chester and Delaware Counties.
A different theme for the contest is chosen every year. According to the National History Day website, the theme is based on the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.