Students from Henderson County swept this year’s Western Regional History Day competition, held over the weekend in Buncombe County and sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
Henderson County took the top spots in several categories, and we’re proud to report that Henderson County had more winners than all the other counties in the entire sixteen county western region combined. Congratulations go out to:
- Mead Krowka of Henderson High School for winning First Place in the Senior Individual Performance Category for his project “By Endurance We Conquer: The Leadership and Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton”
- Rudy C. Barrera and Gabriel Barcenas of Immaculata Catholic School in Hendersonville for winning First Place in the Junior Group Website Category;
- Juan Pablo Mantilla (1st Place), Ivania Convento (2nd Place) and Madison Ogden (3rd Place) also from Immaculata Catholic School, winning in the Junior Individual Website Category;
- Samantha Penny, Clancy Penny, Grace Bowen, McCollough Perry, and Lillian Ward, all of the Classical Scholars Home School Program in Hendersonville, for winning First Place in the Junior Group Performance Category;
- Cael Conroy, Patrick Jones, Logan Scott, Sadie Kahnle and Anne Marie Jones, all of Immaculata Catholic School for winning Third Place in the Junior Group Performance Category;
- Kimber Belk (1st Place) and Quentin Stalker (2nd Place), both from Immaculata Catholic School, and Susanne Thomas (3rd Place) of the Classical Scholars Home School Program, for winning in the Junior Individual Performance Category;
- Wyatt Hughes and Griffin Smith of Rugby Middle School in Hendersonville for winning Second Place in the Junior Group Documentary Category; and
- Bryson Bayne, Austion McKey, Aaron Tackett and Jordan Jakubielski of the Classical Scholars Home School Program (1st Place), Rachel Marie Ursin (2nd Place) and Bryson McKenney (3rd Place), both from Immaculata Catholic School for winning in the Junior Individual Documentary Category.
Their projects are eligible to compete at the State History Day competition, scheduled for Saturday April 25 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Winners at the state level will go on to the national competition in June.
Over 600,000 students from around the world compete in National History Day contests each year, conducting extensive primary and secondary research on topics of interest that are historically significant.
Congratulations once again to all the winners!
The Department of Cultural Resources’ Western Region comprises Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties.