Kinnersley advances to state-level history competition

After winning the Fairfield County Regional History Day competition on March 18, Wilton High School freshman Sadie Kinnersley moves on to compete in the state final competition at Central Connecticut State University on April 29.

Connecticut History Day is an annual, year-long academic program designed to encourage sixth through 12th graders to explore local, state, national and world history through extensive research on historical topics. The research-based projects have to relate to a different theme each year. This year’s is “Taking A Stand in History.”

For this year’s competition, Sadie created a documentary on Connecticut's official state heroine Prudence Crandall, who established the first academy for African-American women in New England in 1833. This is the second year in a row that Sadie has won the documentary division of the  regional Connecticut History Day competition.

At the regional competition, three other Wilton High School participants placed second in their respective categories. Seniors Perry Seelert and Skyler Addison’s Mad Women: Gender in the Workplace in the '60s and Beyond project placed second in the senior group exhibit category, and junior Finn Maloney’s The Power of Music in the Civil Rights Movement project placed second in the senior individual performance category.

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