Congratulations to Gabrielle O'Brien, Shayna Herzfeld, Asha Mohapatra and Samuel Bitman, Rosa International Middle School students who on June 15 placed second in the nation at the National History Day (NHD) competition for their Junior Group Documentary on local Camden County hero Josiah DuBois.
Working under the 2017 theme for the contest, Taking a Stand in History, the team created a documentary titled "The Statement that Revealed the Truth: Josiah DuBois, an American Holocaust Hero."
After completing a project, students compete in a series of contests beginning at the local level. The top students in all 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and international schools are given the opportunity to attend the National Contest.
"The work students put into these projects is astounding," said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. "To make it to the National Contest is a remarkable achievement. Less than 1% of all projects make it to this level. It requires a superb level of research and critical thinking skills. I am confident we will continue to see great things from all of these students, because the skills learned through competing in NHD help prepare students for success in college and career."
More than 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the students' work at the national competition. $150,000 in scholarships were awarded at the national awards ceremony and more than 100 students took home cash prizes between $250 and $1,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.
Kudos to the Rosa NHD team and adviser Mrs. Christy Marrella on this fantastic accomplishment!