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CPS students compete in National History Day (posted 7/13/17)

Four Columbia Public Schools students traveled to Washington, DC, in June to participate in the National History Day competition. The students qualified to participate at the national level after performing well in the state competition in April. Participating students included Gianna Durante and Shruti Gautam from Gentry Middle School, Madeline Kovaleski from Jefferson Middle School, and Ji-Sung Lee from Rock Bridge High School. The students were accompanied by their teachers Gretchen Trower from Gentry Middle School, Beth Winton from Jefferson Middle School, and Chris Fischer of Rock Bridge High School.
 
In the state competition, Madeline Kovaleski took first place in the junior division (6-8 grade) paper category with her paper entitled The Manhattan Project Scientists: How Their Stand Changed Scientific Ethics Forever. Gianna Durante and Shruti Gautam took second place with their website entitled Hannah Senesh: The Woman Who Stood Up Against Fear Itself. Ji-Sung Lee took first place in the senior division (9-12 grade) with her paper entitled The President, the Pardon, and the Press Secretary, Too. Ji-Sung Lee also won a special prize category called "White House History" at the national competition for her paper.