Scarborough Middle School students score big on History Day

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SCARBOROUGH – Scarborough Middle School was one of 24 Maine schools and two homeschools that participated in the Maine History Day competition, held last week at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Scarborough scored a handful of winners at the event. Jordan Altaffer won in the junior division individual documentary category with “The Dawn of an Era: The Rise of the Soviet Union.” Leah Desveaux and Izabella Tucci took third place in the junior division group exhibit with “Rosa Parks: a Turning Point in Civil Rights.” Erin Bass and Luke Thatcher won for junior division group website with “The Triangle Shirtwaist Factoy Fire: A Turning Point in Workplace Safety.”

History Day is a national competition where individual students and small groups, in grades 6-12, prepare papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances or websites that explore a broad historical theme. The topic for the 2013 competition is: “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

Competitors were judged by experts in history from around Maine. The winners of the several categories qualify to move on to the national competition held at the University of Maryland outside of Washington, D.C., June 9-13.

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