Wilton students will compete at Connecticut State History Day

After placing first and second at the Fairfield Regional Connecticut History Day Contest last weekend, six Wilton High School History Club members will go on to compete at the Connecticut State History Day Contest next month.

Fourteen Wilton High School History Club members were among the 400 high school and middle school students to compete at the regional contest at Sacred Heart University on March 19.

The Wilton High School History Club was founded last year by several students and social studies teacher Kenneth Dunaj. The club allows students of all grade levels the opportunity to engage with historical inquiry, celebrate their appreciation for social studies beyond the classroom, and demonstrate their mastery of inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

The Wilton High School History Club members who participated in the regional history contest were required to select a historical topic and develop a project that exemplifies the theme of “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange.” The subjects of the Wilton student projects were:

  • The 1960 Presidential Debate.

  • Rosie the Riveter: Women in the Workforce.

  • The Panama Canal.

  • The Olympics.

  • The Girl Scouts.

The students collaborated and conducted original and secondary research for their Fairfield Regional Connecticut History Day projects since the fall. Four of the groups designed museum exhibits and one created a documentary film.

Unlike many of their peers from other high schools, the Wilton students did not have the opportunity to work on their projects during their history classes. Instead, they completed their projects outside of the normal school day, and their hard work paid off.

The following two Wilton High School senior groups were recognized for their achievements at the regional contest:

  • Patrick Moore, Thomas Anastos and Hari Nair placed second for their documentary film on the Panama Canal.

  • Isabel Saltzman, Claire Graham and Hana Previte, who represented the state of Connecticut on the national level last year, won first place in the museum exhibit category with their Rosie the Riveter project.

The Connecticut State History Day Contest will take place April 30 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Connecticut History Day, one of 57 affiliate programs of the National History Day program, is a program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national and world history. Connecticut History Day is led by Connecticut's Old State House, with support from ConnecticutHistory.org, and major funding provided by Connecticut Humanities.

To learn more about Connecticut History Day, visit www.historydayct.org.