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 San Diego County Schools Win Big at State History Day

​More than 950 students competed in the National History Day—California Competition earlier this month, where San Diego County students took home statewide recognition and will move onto the national competition at the University of Maryland, June 12-16.

For a complete listing of results, visit the California History Day website at

San Diego Unified School District, Francis Parker Middle and Day-McKellar Preparatory Schools were big winners this year in the 2-Dimensional Display, Website, Documentary, Performance, and Historical paper categories.

Highlights of this year’s competition also included a special visit by State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson, and a congratulatory message presented by Senator Barbara Boxer. County Office of Education officials from throughout the state also attended.

4th and 5th graders from Vista Grande Elementary in San Diego Unified made a return appearance in the 2-Dimensional Display category and won their division with their entry titled, Integrating Baseball: Successes, Failures and Consequences, created by Justin Servi and Bernie Graves. Hetch Hetchy - Water Source vs. Environmental Damage, created by Erika Swartz and Sydney Werner, also took home a championship medal and recognition; and Liam Olive from Hearst Elementary won Honorable Mention for his entry titled, Failed Diplomacy: The Willy-Nicky Telegrams.

Francis Parker students swept the senior group website division, and had winning entries in the senior performance, group documentary and historical paper categories. Day-McKellar Prep students Thomas Day, Maxwell Major, Nick Young, Alfreda Shelton and Mikela Chatfield were first–time participants and were named state champions for their group performance, Preserving Olympic Principles: The 1980 Boycott of the Moscow Games.

All students will move onto the National History Day Competition representing California and San Diego County.

For more information on the San Diego County’s History Day and competition, contact Laurie Mosier or visit their website.