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Los Alamos students win awards in national history day contest

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Four Los Alamos High School students took home awards from the state National History Day event on April 28 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Over 70 students out of the hundreds of participants were selected as state finalists and will go on to represent the state at the national competition, which takes place in College Park, Mayland in June.
With the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Brent Collom, LAHS students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom won second place for their website on the Berlin Airlift and Soviet Union resistance in post-World War II Germany. Ashford and Wallstrom will represent New Mexico at nationals in Maryland.
Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin won third place and the LGBTQ Award for their website on the Stonewall Riots, the impetus for the gay civil rights movement.
National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades six-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic.
This year, the annual theme is “Taking a Stand in History.” Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances. The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions.
Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in New Mexico is coordinated by the New Mexico Humanities Council and is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.