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Wilton History Club Students Honored In Connecticut History Day Contest

Rosie the Riveter project by, from left, Isabel Saltzman, Claire Graham and Hana Previte, all from Wilton Photo Credit: Contributed
Connecticut History Day project by, from left: Hari Nair, Patrick Moore and their teacher/adviser Kenneth Dunaj. Wilton History Club students were recognized at the Fairfield Regional Connecticut History Day Contest at Sacred Heart University. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- Two groups of students from the Wilton High School History Club were recognized for their achievements at the State History Day contest last Saturday at Connecticut State University in New Britain. 

The students will go on to compete in June at National History Day at the University of Maryland.

The students and their awards are as follows:

  • Isabel Saltzman, Hana Previte, Lauren White and Claire Graham, Category: Senior Division, Group Exhibit, Second Place for "Rosie the Riveter"
  • Patrick Moore, Thomas Anastos and Hari Nair, Category: Senior Division, Group Documentary, Third Place for "Panama Canal"

Prior to these awards, the students earned awards at the Fairfield Regional Connecticut History Day Contest at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Seniors Moore, Anastos and Nair placed second for their documentary film on the Panama Canal. Returning for a second year, seniors Saltzman, Graham and Previte (who represented the state of Connecticut on the national level last year) won first place in the museum exhibit category with their project, "Rosie the Riveter: Women in the Workforce." 

These two groups were among the 14 Wilton High School students who competed among 400 high school and middle school students.

The WHS History Club is a new club at the high school that allows students the opportunity to engage with historical inquiry. Several students and their adviser, Wilton High School Social Studies teacher Kenneth Dunaj, founded the club last school year in order to celebrate their appreciation for social studies beyond the classroom. 

The club offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The club is open to all WHS high school students. 

All members of the WHS History Club who participated in the regional contest were required to select a historical topic in order to develop a project that exemplifies the theme of “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange."

The Wilton High School student projects focused on the following subjects: "1960 Presidential Debate," "Rosie the Riveter: Women in the Workforce," "The Panama Canal," "The Olympics" and "The Girl Scouts." 

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