Eight eighth-graders from Everett Meredith Middle School are heading to the Delaware National History Day competition in Newark on Saturday.
The students were the top six finishers at the local National History Day contest held at the school last month, with some students teaming up to create their entries.
A total of 20 eighth-graders submitted 500-word essays on this year's theme, "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events," and constructed 6-foot-tall exhibits illustrating their chosen topic.
The following is a list of finalists and their topics that were chosen by a juried panel of historians and educators to move on to the state-level competition at Delaware Technical Community College's Stanton campus:
First Place – Justin Richards – John D. Rockefeller and The Standard Oil Monopoly
Second Place – Daniel Moore and Will Nylander – Television's Impact on the Vietnam War
Third Place – Matt Pelton – Jesse Owens: Olympic Pioneer
Fourth Place – Kira Beam and Vanessa Velazquez – The Holoaust: Never Again
Fifth Place – Erin Hainsworth – Delaware and the Underground Railroad
Sixth Place – Morgan Callahan – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Honorable mention also was given to Anthony Lupoli for his project, The 9-11 Attack.