Parker students excel at National History Day state competition

Francis Parker School students shined at the National History Day - California competition last weekend. Five Upper School students brought home division awards and are now invited to compete in the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C., to be held June 11 to 15. Another Upper School student was named Runner-up and three Middle and Upper School students were presented with Special Awards for their outstanding projects.

Nearly 30 Middle and Upper School students represented Parker in the statewide competition, held Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at William Jessup University near Sacramento. Of those students, 24 made it into the final round of judging!

Students worked in groups or individually to present projects focused on the annual theme, “Taking a Stand in History.” Projects included individual or group exhibits, performances, documentaries and websites.

The final results of the statewide competition were:

Senior Champions
-Ben Clark, Class of 2017 and Adam Nussbaum, Class of 2019 - “Plessy v. Ferguson: Tipping the Scale” (Group Documentary)
-Nicolas Del Rio, Class of 2020 and Umit Suri, Class of 2020 - “Taking a Stand for Independence: The Singing Revolution in Estonia” (Group Website)
-Emily Park, Class of 2019 - “‘Fly On 'Till Our Mission is Done’: the WASPs Take a Stand for Equal Status” (Individual Exhibit)
Senior Runner-up
-Sabrina Soffer, Class of 2019 - “Elie Wiesel: The Voice for Human Rights and Dignity” (Individual Website)

Special Awards
California History Award
-Cate Hasler, Class of 2020 - “Dorothea Lange: Changing Perspective Through Photography” (Individual Exhibit)

Social Justice and Diversity Award
-Ian Lillie, Class of 2021 and Adelyn Phillips, Class of 2021 - “Sit-in to Stand Up: A Victory for 504”
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

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San Diego, CA 92111
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