This past June, three DCS students competed at the annual National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland. Danielle Barasel, a Central High School student, presented an individual performance about the life of writer and activist Virginia Woolf. Mickey Sloat, a 7th grade student at Williams Intermediate, gave an individual performance focused on women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem (Ms. Sloat interviewed the 77-year-old Steinem via Skype as part of her research). Tony Nguyen, another student at Williams Intermediate, presented in the website category on the topic of reforms in the Great Depression.
At an October 1st presentation to the School Board, Danielle, Mickey, and Tony reflected on their experiences at the National History Day finals. They presented a collection of pins from other countries represented in the competition and talked about sharing their common love of history, the benefits of being a mentor, and the great research skills they develop from being involved in the program. Board members commented how the students are wonderful examples of the type of students that help make Davenport Schools a “District of Distinction.”