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Northwest High School Students to Represent Missouri at National History Day Competition

NHD Winners Northwest High School will send four students to represent Missouri at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD on June 10. Students were chosen to represent the state after qualifying at the state competition held at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.


Sarah Cisneros, Sara Waters, and Kylie West won first place in the Group Website category with their project, “Newsboys Strike of 1899.” This is the first win for Northwest in its four years of participating in the competition.


Katie Younkins will also be competing in the Individual Website category. The subject of her website is “Agent Orange.”


“I think it’s great that four Northwest students get to show the country the great things that go on in our school. We couldn't be prouder of them,” said Phillip Reed, one of the Northwest faculty sponsors for the National History Day project. “The level of competition at the state contest is fierce. To stand out there is something special.”


Reed said that the state of Missouri only gets to send 18 projects in nine categories to the national competition. 


“Two of those 18 were produced by Northwest High School students,” he added.


“I think the most important thing about the competition was personal responsibility; the teachers didn't sit there and hold our hand throughout this assignment, which means that we had to make sure we got our work done when it needed to be and that it was done well,” said Cisneros, who will be a junior this coming school year. “I think I will always remember this because not only is it a learning experience, but it has also been a lot of fun. Being able to take this journey with my friends and experiencing new things has been a great joy to me.” 


“National History Day is such a comprehensive project that those who participate learn so many life lessons and experiences that extend beyond the classroom,” said Reed. “I tell students every year that we complete in National History Day that we spend a lot of time in class memorizing things, which is a large part of learning. With this competition, they will make memories, too; memories these four students can be proud of for the rest of their lives.”