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Students score big at Vt. History Day


VERGENNES — Sixteen Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) students competed and excelled in the Vermont Historical Society’s annual Vermont History Day Contest, held at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center on Saturday, April 8. 

These students, grades 5-11, joined over 200 competitors from around the state in presenting their historical research projects to a panel of judges. They participated under the auspices of the ANWSD Fusion Afterschool program.

Coached by ANWSD humanities teachers Rebecca Coffey (Vergennes Union High School) and Josh Brooks (Vergennes Union Elementary School), students began in October by choosing a topic suited to the theme “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas,” and then got to work reading and citing primary sources, taking notes, writing annotated bibliographies, before putting it all together in a final presentation. Students chose from five types of presentation: website, documentary, exhibit board, research paper, and performance.  

The entire ANWSD team did a fantastic job at this year’s History Day competition, with the following students receiving specific recognition and/or qualifying for National History Day (NHD), which will be held in Washington D.C. from June 11-15:


• 1st place, Junior Group Performance/qualified for NHD: Casey Clark, Ava Foster, Ella Maneen, Jordan Hutchins, “Women On Water: A New Frontier.”

• 2nd place Junior Group Exhibit/qualified for NHD, Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women’s History Prize: Reese Muzzy and Roxanne Griffin- Consuelo, “Northrop Bailey: A Determined, Intelligent, Woman who Climbed Vermont’s Political Ladder, Opening Doors for Women in Politics.”

• 2nd place Junior Individual Exhibit/qualified for NHD, Vivienne Audy, “Frontiers in Writing: Enheduanna, the World’s First Poet.”

• George F. Edmunds Memorial Prize: Elianna Venables-Vogel, “Frontiers on Tracks: The Way Railroads Changed Vermont.”

• International Studies Award: Mackenzie Flint, “Operation Babylift: The Greatest Attempt at Helping Thousands of Children in War.”

• Vermont State Archives Award for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources: Sagan Holm, “Frontiers in Theatrical Technology: How innovation made Radio City Music Hall the Showplace of the Nation.”

Congratulations to all our ANWSD student historians.

The ANWSD Fusion program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21CCLC), a federal grant administered by the state of Vermont to support high quality afterschool and enrichment programming.  

Elianna Venables-Vogel

Elianna Venables-Vogel

MacKenzie Flint

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