Hard work, passion, and creativity were rewarded with a very successful outcome for students who participated in the annual Pinellas National History Day competition. This is a local part of the nationwide organization called National History Day (NHD).

National History Day is project based and promotes creativity and students’ personal interests. “It offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.” (https://www.nhd.org).

Middle School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Andreas Mandelos, is the mentor who encouraged students to participate and inspired them with his enthusiasm. When a team reached an obstacle, he guided them only by asking questions, and watched them with a smile as they were able to reach a solution by following the thought process he suggested.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Breaking Barriers in History!”

With the main theme in mind, students researched and chose the subject of their presentation based on their individual interest. Then, they selected the medium they would use: creating a website, a poster board, putting together a theatrical performance, or producing a video documentary. The next step, which also lasted the longest, was collecting information using primary and secondary sources, and combining the evidence so they can draw conclusions.

The work of each participant was evaluated in January and judged by a group of community professionals and educators to participate in the County competition (grouped by category):

Group Exhibits:
John Gorrie -Ice Ice Baby -Michalia and Vasilios Makrylos
Forensic Science DNA-Benjamin Jimenez and Alexander Newman
Ladies First-Kaleb and Kelby Almendarez

Individual Exhibits
Stille Nacht—Luke DuMelle
Womens Fashion–Rayne Vilmanis
Lucky Lindy–Olivia Czelusta

Group Websites
Elizabeth Blackwell-Ava Kasarjian and Kaili Katsaros
Katherine Johnson-Tina Gudovic, James McGovern and, Daniel Spicher
Braille-Rylan Dedmon and Stefan Turro

Individual Website
F-1 Engine-Rocco Melchiorre
The 1974 Super Outbreak -Hailey Shcerlis
Juliette Gordon-Anna Wagman

Group Documentary
Malala-Faith Bakke, Valerie Ruiz and Emma Caisse
Hedy Lamarr Hollywood’s Secret Weapon-Kaiden Britz and Madison Glassford
Rebecca Lee Cumpler-Andromache Koutsouradis and Adriana Meijas

Individual Documentary
Miracle on Ice-Jordan Kress

Individual Paper
Malala’s Barrier: Facing Trials and Tribulation to Achieve Education-Ashley Noll

Group Performance
Frida Kahlo- Vasileios and Marina Stathopoulos
The Development of Germ Theory-Emilee and Charles Scott

Individual Performance
Galileo Breaking Through a World of Doubt-Arista Athanassie

Six of these projects won 1st or 2nd place, giving them the opportunity to advance to the State Competition in Tallahassee, FL (May 3-5, 2020). The 1st and 2nd place winners of this event will be able to advance to the national competition in June held at NHD’s homeplace of College Park, Maryland.

Junior Individual website
F-1 Rocket Engine-Rocco Melchiorre: (2nd Place!)

Junior Group Website
Katherine Johnson-Tina Gudovic, James McGovern and, Daniel Spicher (1st Place!)
Elizabeth Blackwell-Ava Kasarjian and Kaili Katsaros (2nd Place!)

Junior Individual Performance
Galileo Breaking Through a World of Doubt-Arista Athanassie (1st Place!)

Junior Group Performance
Frida Kahlo- Vasileios and Marina Stathopoulos

Junior Group Exhibit
John Gorrie -Ice Ice Baby -Michalia and Vasilios Makrylos (1st Place!)

 

From the Plato family, congratulations to all participants!