Seven Wilton High School History Club members took home second and third places at the 2016 Connecticut State History Day competition at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, April 30.

Wilton High School seniors Patrick Moore, Thomas Anastos and Hari Nair’s film on the Panama Canal won third place, and Isabel Saltzman, Claire Graham, Hana Previte and Lauren White won second place for their Rosie the Riveter: Mobilizing America museum exhibit project.

The Wilton seniors will advance to compete at the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in June.

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 projects have to relate to a different theme each year, which was “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange” this year.

These research-based projects are entered into regional Connecticut History contests to be evaluated by professional historians and educators. The top student projects then have the opportunity to advance to the Connecticut History Day State competition.

At this year’s Fairfield County Regional Connecticut History Day competition, Patrick, Thomas and Hari's project won second place and Isabel, Hana, Lauren and Claire's project took first.

Isabel, Claire and Hana represented the state of Connecticut at last year’s national competition.

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