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National History Day strives to help students become better-prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.

2018

On Saturday April 7th, 2018 at Winchester High School, twenty-three Mansfield High School students submitted entries for the 2018 Massachusetts History Day Competition.

NHD State

 Students who participated in the regional contest with their teacher.

From left to right:
Top Row: Sethu Odayappan, Daniel Walker, Will Giffen, Nikhil Lankipalle
Middle Row: Jack Taylor, Peter Oldow, Matt Katz, Julia Atwood
Bottom Row: Cadence Cordell, Kat Semple, Kate Rispoli, Danielle Donovan, Aditi Junagade, Vashti Dulig, and Alex Wendland
Not pictured: Bella Deberghes, Leah Sheehan, Lindsey Powers, Jessie Miller, Abigail Greenberg, and Deidre Burke.


 Tika Naik
Tika Naik 
On Saturday, Tika Naik placed second for her individual documentary "College Conflict, Court Compromise: The University of California vs. Bakke."
She will now head to the National History Day contest from June 10 to the 14 in Maryland.
As part of this process, she can continue to edit and change her documentary.
With this in mind, she would like to have as many people see it as possible and provide her with feedback. If you are available Thursday 4/12/18 after school to watch her documentary, she will be showing it in my room, 229. She, as well as I, would deeply appreciate any feedback you can give her.

Off with his head!
The failed compromise of Louis XVI

Creators: Danielle Donovan, Aditi Junagade, Lindsey Powers and Jessica Miller.
Senior division
Group exhibit.

Display
This exhibit placed first at the 2018 Regional National History Day Competition on
March 18, 2018. This was the first time a Mansfield exhibit moved on to the state competition. This exhibit competed at the State Competition on April 7, 2018.

Julia Atwood
Julia Atwood, a Mansfield educator,
also received the Bryan McSheffrey Massachusetts History Day
Teacher of the Year award.


   Massachusetts History Day is the state program for National History Day that strives to help students become better-prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.
 
On Saturday, eleven entries were vying to go on to the national competition, the most that Mansfield High School has ever sent to the state contest.

Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year's theme, which is Conflict and Compromise. These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the-spot interview questions about their products. Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to theme, as well as the quality of their project.

Tika Naik received second place for her individual documentary titled “College Conflict, Court Compromise: The University of California vs. Bakke.”  

  Cadence Cordell received the Best Entry in Art and Cultural History from the MFA for outstanding entry having to do with culture for her individual website titled “Superman and Captain America: How Superhero Comics Influenced Conflict and Compromise During World War II.”  

Kate Rispoli was recognized for her historical paper titled “The Stamp Act Crisis:
A Refusal to Compromise in the Face of Conflict” as she received the Plimoth Plantation Prize for a Notable Project on Early American History.
 
Will Giffen and Peter Oldow also received a special prize for their topic covering military history.  

Kathryn Janssen, Isabelle Conway and Abigail Greenberg received the David P. Seers Award for their outstanding entry on military history.
 
Julia Atwood, a Mansfield educator, also received the Bryan McSheffrey Massachusetts History Day Teacher of the Year award. 


 




Results from the Foxboro competition.



Over the weekend (3/17/18) at Foxboro High School Mansfield High School students attended the 2018 South Shore District History Day Competition.  
Massachusetts History Day is the state program for National History Day that strives to help students become better prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.  
On Saturday, twenty entries were vying to go on to state contest.  
Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year's theme, which is conflict and compromise.  
These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the-spot interview questions about their products.  
Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to theme, as well as the quality of their project.
  • In the Senior Group Exhibit category Aditi Junagade, Jessie Miller, Lindsey Powers, and Danielle Donovan placed first and Vashti Dulig and Alex Wendland received third place.
  • In the Senior Individual Website category Cadence Cordell placed first, Katherine Semple placed second, and Michael Peel received honorable mention.
  • In the Senior Group Website category Will Giffen and Peter Oldow placed second, Nikhil Lankipalle, Leah Sheehan, Jack Taylor, and Bella Deberghes placed third, and Kelsey Hubler, Alissa Cooke, Lindsay Devine, and Emerson Cordell received honorable mention.
  • For the Senior Individual Documentary category Avantika Naik placed third.
  • In the Senior Group Documentary category Sethu Odayappan, Matt Katz, and Daniel Walker placed first.
  • In the Senior Individual Performance category Deirdre Burke placed third.
  • In the Senior Group Performance category Abigail Greenberg, Isabelle Conway, and Kathryn Janssen placed first.
  • In the Senior Historical Paper category Katherine Rispoli placed first.  
The students who placed will now advance to the next level competing in the Massachusetts state finals on April 7, 2018 in Winchester, Massachusetts.  Students who are successful at the state competition will represent Massachusetts at the National History Day Finals, June 10 to 14, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Students who received an award in the regional contest.

NHD at Foxboro
From left to right
Back row: Daniel Walker, Sethu Odayappan, Matt Katz, Will Giffen, Michael Peel, Peter Oldow, Katherine Rispoli, Avantika Naik, Abigail Greenberg, Kathryan Janssen, Isabelle Conway, Bella Deberghes, and Leah Sheehan
Front row: Danielle Donovan, Jessie Miller, Lindsey Powers, Aditi Junagade, Nikhil Lankipalle, Jack Taylor, Cadence Cordell, Deirdre Burke, Vashti Dulig, Alex Wendland, Mrs. Atwood
Not pictured: Katherine Semple, Kelsey Hubler, Alissa Cooke, Lindsay Devine, Emerson Cordell




The winners for the 2018 Mansfield High School National History Day contest.

Group photo

 For individual documentaries, Avantika Naik came in first place.
For group documentaries, Sethu Odayappan, Matt Katz and Dan Walker came in first place,
Nick DeLucia, Patrick Yu, and Nishanth Potturu came in second place,
and Alex Burnham, Gabby Kiely, Olivia McGrath and Emma Nicodemus came in third.
For individual exhibits, McKenzie Bouchard came in first.
For group exhibits, Lili Klayman, Haley Finerty, and Danielle Skinner came in first, Vashti Dulig and Alex Wendland came in second, and Kelley Brian and Sophia George came in third, and Aditi Junagade, Danielle Donovan, Jessica Miller, and Lindsey Powers came in fourth place.
For individual websites, Katherine Semple came in first, Cadence Cordell second,  and Mike Peel in third place.
For group websites,  Peter Oldow and William Giffen came in first and Bella Deberges, Leah Sheehan, Nikhil Lankipalle and Jack Taylor in second.
For individual performances, Deirdre Burke came in first and Ben Levine came in second.
For group performances, Abby Greenberg, Isabelle Conway, and Kathryn Janssen came in first.  
For historical papers, Kate Rispoli came in first, Hannah Eagan second, Angie De Trolio in third, and Brianna Bates in fourth place.

All students who placed in the school contest are now eligible to move on to the regional competition on March 3, 2018 at Foxboro High School.



2017
Ian Kavanaugh


Ian Kavanaugh just placed first at the National History Day competition in Washington, DC in the category of documentary.  This is an amazing accomplishment for Ian who has been competing in history day competitions for the last four years.  I know Ian appreciates all the help people in our school community have given him with this endeavor.  I also want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Julia Atwood who has been an incredible mentor to Ian during this entire process.  



Congratulations Ian Kavanaugh, who is advancing to the National History Day Competition in Maryland for his Individual Documentary entitled Schoolhouse Speech: Taking a Stand in Tinker v. Des Moines.  This is a huge honor for him as he will be representing our school as well as the state of Massachusetts.
June 11 to 15, 2017
For those of you who were not available for the screening of Ian Kavanaugh's documentary or those who just want to watch it again :),
here is a URL where you can watch it: https://youtu.be/xdJWnHeG520  
If you have any feedback for him please feel free to email me or him, IKavanaugh17@mansfieldschools.com.
Thank you,
Julia
Atwood




Over the weekend (3/4/17) at Foxboro High School, Mansfield High School students attended the South Shore District History Day Competition.  
Massachusetts History Day is the state program for National History Day that strives to help students become better prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.  
On Saturday, twenty entries and thirty-one students were vying to go on to state,
the most that Mansfield High School has ever sent to the regional contest.  

Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year's theme, which is Taking a Stand.  
These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the-spot interview questions about their products.  
Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to theme, as well as the quality of their project.  

In the Individual Website category Cooper Arbogast placed second and Matt Katz received Honorable Mention.  

For the Individual Documentary category Ian Kavanaugh placed second while Patrick Yu and Nicholas DeLucia received a special award
from the U.S.S. Constitution Museum for their Group Documentary.  

In the Group Performance category Gus Huiskamp and Alex Murray placed first.  

The students who placed will now advance to the next level competing in the Massachusetts state finals on April 1, 2017 in
Stoneham, Massachusetts.  
Students who are successful at the state competition will represent Massachusetts at the National History Day Finals, June 11-15,
at the University of Maryland.


 

Students who participated in the regional contest.

NHD photo
From left to right:
1st row: Cooper Arbogast, Avantika Naik, Serena Li, Huda Zahid, and Kareana Sylvain
2nd row: Matt Katz, Kate Rispoli, Emily Dardinski, and Farah Makram
3rd row: Gus Huiskamp, Graham Wells, and Lily Biedermann
4th row: Ian Kavanaugh, Anthony Peri, and Kostas Loukos
5th row: Nicholas DeLucia, Patrick Yu, and Alex Murray

Not pictured: Kasey Staples, Sarah Podolske, Grace Doyle, Grace Benton, Will Giffen, Michael Mullahy, Robbie Healey,
Yussuf Abdelal, Catherine Grella, Zoe Feinberg, MacKenzie Smith, Jaden Sardella, Dylan Weiner.

  Photos of some of the exhibits.

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Back Row: (from left to right) Jaden Sardella, Nick DeLucia, Patrick Yu, Kostas Loukos, Anthony Peri, Yussuf Abdelal, and Cooper Arbogast
Middle Row (from left to right) Lily Barnes, Kasey Staples, Emily Dardinski, Kareana Sylvain, Maria Marcheselli, Genny Polutchko, Matt Katz, and Zoe Feinberg
Front Row (from left to right) Kate Rispoli, Huda Zahid, Farah Makram, Lily Biedermann, Serena Li, Tika Naik, and Dylan Weiner

From the desk of Julia Atwood: 

On January 25, 2017, 46 entries competed at the Mansfield High School History Day Competition.   National History Day is a non-profit organization that strives to improve history education through a national competition.  It challenges students to do historical research through the lens of an annual theme and turn that research into a project which analyzes the information the students have found. Students are given the option of several different formats for their project including historical essay, performance, documentary, exhibit, and website.  Students have been working on their research-based projects throughout their Social Studies courses or through the History Club and competed against other students for the chance to advance to the regional competition as well as win awards.

Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year’s theme, which is Taking a Stand. These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the- spot interview questions about their products. Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to theme, as well as the quality of their project.

The winners are in for the 2017 Mansfield High School National History Day contest.  

Individual Documentaries
First Place: Ian Kavanaugh

Group documentaries
First Place: Kostas Loukos, Yussuf Abdelal, and Anthony Peri
Second Place: Nick DeLucia and Patrick Yu

Individual Exhibits
First Place: Catherine Grella
Second Place: Lily Barnes
Third Place: Zoe Feinberg
Fourth Place: Mackenzie Smith

Group Exhibits
First Place: Emily Dardinski and Farah Makram
Second Place: Jaden Sardella and Dylan Weiner
Third Place: Kareana Sylvain and Kasey Staples

Individual Websites
First Place: Matt Katz
Second Place: Huda Zahid 
Third Place: Cooper Arbogast

Group Websites
First Place: Grace Benton and Grace Doyle
Second Place: Maria Marcheselli and Genny Polutchko
Third Place: Serena Li and Tika Naik third place.

Historical Papers
First Place: Sarah Podolske
Second Place: Kate Rispoli
Third Place: Lily Biedermann
Fourth Place: Graham Wells

All students who placed in the school contest are now eligible to move on to the regional competition on March 4, 2017 at Foxboro High School.  Congratulations to all the winners!


State news
Regional news

 

State

Over the weekend (4/9-10/2016) at Bedford High School, five Mansfield High School students attended the 2016 Massachusetts History Day Competition.  Massachusetts History Day is the state program for National History Day that strives to help students become better-prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.  On Saturday, four entries were vying to go on to state, the most that Mansfield High School has ever sent to the state contest.
Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year's theme, which is Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange.  These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the-spot interview questions about their products.  Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to theme, as well as the quality of their project.

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Photo ID left to right:
Gus Huiskamp, Alex Murray, Ian Bruner, Kostas Loukos, Ian Kavanaugh


Ian Bruner and Alex Murray competed with their group website entitled “‘Fear the Yellow’: The
Recurrence of a Common Encounter in American History.”
Web site

Kostas Loukos competed with his individual website entitled “Ronald Reagan: The Exploration of Television in Politics.”
Web site

Gus Huiskamp received honorable mention for his historical paper entitled “Creature Double Feature: America’s Encounter with Godzilla, the King of Monsters.”
PDF file

Ian Kavanaugh received the David P. Sears Award for the Best Project on Military History for his individual documentary entitled “Metacom's War: The Conflict of Exploration that Nearly Unframed the New England Colony.”



Regional

NHD particapents
From left to right
Back row: Sean Lanzillo, Scott Austin, Cam MacIntyre, Alex Murray, Kostas Loukos, Gus Huiskamp, Cayden Ward, Peterson Muldoon
Front row: Jenna Crossley, Ian Bruner, Monica Ali, Ian Kavanaugh, Erin Chandler, Stephanie Wright, Tess Collins.
Not pictured: Brianna Young and Maggie Danehy



At Brockton High School, seventeen Mansfield High School students attended the 2016 South Shore District History Day Competition.  Massachusetts History Day is the state program for National History Day that strives to help students become better prepared and more knowledgeable citizens through the creation of historical projects.  On Saturday, twelve entries were vying to go on to state, the most that Mansfield High School has ever sent to the regional contest.
Each entry was based on historical research done by the students and must relate to this year's theme, which is Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange.  These students presented their work to the judges and were asked on-the-spot interview questions about their products.  Students were assessed on their historical content, relation to theme, as well as the quality of their project. NHD regional winners
From left to right: Peterson Muldoon, Alex Murray, Ian Bruner, Kostas Loukos, Ian Kavanaugh, Gus Huiskamp

In the individual documentary category Ian Kavanaugh placed first and Peterson Muldoon received an Honorable Mention.
For the group website category Alex Murray and Ian Bruner placed third for their entry while Kostas Loukos placed third for his entry in the individual website category.
In the historical paper category Gus Huiskamp placed first for his paper.

The students who placed will now advance to the next level competing in the Massachusetts state finals on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Bedford, Massachusetts.  Students who are successful at the state competition will represent Massachusetts at the National History Day Finals, June 12-16, at the University of Maryland.


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