Students from Phillips Preparatory and Murphy High School claimed most of the first-place honors at the 5th annual Mobile County Public Schools History Day last week.
The theme for this year’s competition was “Taking a stand in history.” More than 200 high school and middle school students created projects reflecting that theme as individuals or groups in one of four categories: exhibit, website, performance and documentary.
“I always call History Day the science fair on steroids,” said Mobile County social studies supervisor Nate Smith. “We have some great exhibits here, but we also give the kids the option of being more creative. Right now you can be sitting at your desk anywhere in the world and pull up some of these websites that are being judged. … The first year we did this, we had documentaries that were ready to be played on the History Channel.”
Students from Phillips took first-place honors in six of the eight middle school categories, with students from Semmes and Cranford Burns winning the remaining two categories. Students from Murphy won all five high school categories.
Winners will advance to state competition on April 21 in Montgomery. State-level winners will advance to national competition in Maryland in June.
A full list of the winners:
Exhibit: 1. Brynn Devries, Phillips; 2. Starlyn Fistein, Phillips; 3. Joshua Burnham, Phillips
Group exhibit: 1. Daisy Detiveaux, Lien Nguyen, Phillips; 2. Ruth Delmas, Joycelyn Bradley, Phillips; 3. Chloe Fernandez, Victoria Fernandez, Phillips
Website: 1. K.K. Inman, Phillips; 2. Jordan Hobbs, Phillips; 3. Jakayla Matthews, Dunbar
Group website: 1. Adhvika Mahadevan, Vivenne Raczkowski, Phillips; 2. Meredith Hamrick, Sallie Herndon, Phillips; 3. Miguel Gapud, Austin Henn, Phillips
Performance: 1. Daisy Ferrell, Phillips; 2. Alicia Jones, Phillips; 3. Isabel Mayo, Phillips
Group performance: 1. Jeremy Skipper, Brennon Snook, Thomas Junkins, Caleb Davis, Semmes; 2. Kendall Floore, Colleen Bearden, Autumn Cuthkelvin, Phillips; 3. Lexi Day, Isabelle Gautier, Alice Miller, Phillips
Documentary: 1. Aydin Plosczynski, Phillips; 2. Haley Kennedy, Phillips; 3. Catherine Chung, Dunbar
Group documentary: 1. Allen Bishop, Gregory Watson, Burns; 2. Emmaculate Mwang, Kristy Nguyen, Tiffany Wangui, Burns; 3. Marina Gibson, Hannah Broders, Phillips
Exhibit: 1. Tineshia Williams, Murphy; 2. Madison Starnes, Mary Montgomery
Group exhibit: 1. Jamie Lim, Jackson Reimer, Zistine Mones, Paul Lockett, Murphy; 2. Lindsey Nguyen, Des’Mariah Jones, Murphy; 3. Kailey Flowers, Kayli Wilson, Kayleigh Pugh, Bryant
Group website: 1. Zoe Koppersmith, Angela Pollman, Julissa Rodriguez, Lizzy Brown, Murphy; 2. Kylie Adams, Nalani Machuca, Mackenzie Moore, Bryant; 3. Shelby Oliver, Jordynne Williams, Bryant
Performance: 1. Kirstyn Crum, Jasimen Collins, Samari Lett, Treasure Fluker, Murphy; 2. Deanna Scopolites, Murphy; 3. Hope Kigango, Sophia Williams, Murphy
Documentary: 1. Johaness Soekhies, Murphy; 2. Tori Smitherman, Murphy; 3. Abigail Vo, Chandler Hollinger, Murphy