ECS Students Compete at National History Day - CA State Contest 2024

ECS Students Represent Humboldt at the 2024 National History Day - CA State Contest: Four Emerge as Finalists, with One Earning an Honorable Mention and Special Award
Posted on 04/26/2024

April 26, 2024 - Eureka, CA - A group of exceptional, dedicated history-loving students from Eureka City Schools (ECS) recently competed in the National History Day - California (NHD-CA) State Contest, held on April 19-21, 2024, at Sacramento State University. The 2024 contest theme was Turning Points in History.

Diego Stengl with National History Day Medal

At the state competition, four students emerged as finalists in three categories, with one earning an honorable mention and a special award. They are as follows:

Junior Individual Documentary: Diego Stengl: Dam It: A Turning Point of Destruction (ECS Independent Study) *Finalist & *Honorable Mention in Individual Documentary

*Special Award - The American Indian History Award from the California Foundation for History Education

Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield ExhibitJunior Group Exhibit: Eva Meyer & Madeline Dotson-Murphy: Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield (Zane Middle School) *Finalist

Junior Individual Exhibit: Cambria Jones: The Birth Control Pill: How 9.85 Milligrams Helped Women Reclaim Their Lives (Zane Middle School) *Finalist

“Our state has the most participants, more than 1600, so it is extremely competitive,” said HCOE History Day Coordinator Tiffany Bullman. “Any student that makes it into the finals should be very proud of themselves.” 

To reach this prestigious platform, students had to first compete against some of the brightest minds on the North Coast and win at the county level. 

Each spring, students in fourth grade through high school compete in the Humboldt County History Day contest, held at Cal Poly Humboldt and hosted by the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE). 

There, ECS students won in seven categories: Junior Individual Documentaries, Junior Group Documentaries, Junior Individual Exhibits, Junior Group Exhibits, Junior Group Performances, Junior Individual Podcast, and Junior Group Podcast. 

ECS Students pose for a photo at National History Day California State ContestThose students then had the opportunity to refine their projects during two coaching sessions provided by HCOE before heading to compete at the state level. Students who attend those coaching opportunities are eligible for travel scholarships.

ECS would like to congratulate all of the students on their incredible achievements. We also acknowledge the teachers, parents/guardians, and HCOE staff who helped students with their projects and facilitated the travel and logistics of the trip.

The future looks bright for these students, and we are excited to see what they accomplish next!

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