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LA students win at National History Day competition

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National History Day students from Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School competed at the University of New Mexico Saturday to determine whose projects will represent the state in the national NHD competition.

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Eleven high school students and two middle school students advanced from the regional NHD competitions in January to compete in the state contest held April 6. 

Individual students and groups chose their own topics based on this year’s theme “Triumph and Tragedy.”

After researching primary and secondary sources related to their topic, students presented their research by creating one of five possible projects.

LAHS junior Abby Beus took second place in the state with her research paper on the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Beus was also honored with a special prize for the best project related to western history.

She will be representing LAHS at the national competition from June 10-13 at the University of Maryland.

LAMS students Kaya Loy and Mikalh Adams will join Beus at the national competition.

Loy produced a website on the forced removal of people of the Cherokee Nation from their homes in the southeastern U.S. Her project earned special recognition from the Western Trails Association.

Adams performed a lively, one-man drama depicting Gavrilo Princip assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand leading to World War I. Both Loy and Adams placed second in New Mexico for their categories. 

Other projects included:

* Kaisa Drew, Logan Black, Maybelle Wilson and Ashley Miller wrote and presented a dramatic performance on the Franklin Expedition to find a Northwest Passage.

* Brooklynn Scott made a documentary film on the civil rights struggle to eliminate the caste system as the nation of India gained independence from Britain.

* Anna Batista and Addy Witt produced a documentary film on the Troubles in Ireland from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Their film included interviews with Los Alamos residents who lived in Ireland and Britain during the time period.

* Joshua Posada and Adrian Will created a website on the Triumphs and Tragedies of the Korean War.