This group of middle school students has placed 2nd Place at the State of Florida NHD competition and is going to Nationals this June for their project: Triumph vs. Tragedy – Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium: A Life Dedicated to Science.

Plato Tarpon’s 6th-8th grade students Arista, Kaiden , and Tina worked all year researching a topic of their own interest related to this year’s National History Day theme Triumph & Tragedy, locating primary sources and digging deep into history. We had several students selected to represent our school at county, with this group moving to State and now Nationals.

Mr. Mandelos chooses to have our middle school students do this project each year. Kudos to him for engaging our students in rigorous research in history. Each year, our students rise to the occasion!

We are so proud of this group of students on meeting the standard of excellence in their own educational journey.

Bravo ladies!

About NHD

From their website:


National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capital in June.

An independent study from 2011 found that participation in the National History Day Contest benefits students far beyond the competition. National History Day not only transports classrooms back in time during the school year, it transforms young minds forever.

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