Centennial Wins Awards at National History Day

Words: Rachel Truitt

On Saturday, March 14, freshman Katie Gao won first place at the county level of the National History Day Competition at Reservoir High School.

The competition was split up into two categories, junior and senior. Because Gao is in high school she competed in the senior category. The theme of this year’s competition was “Leadership and Legacy.” In the competition, there were various categories to enter such as a written paper, website, exhibit, website, and other entries combined.

There were 49 entries total, but for Gao’s category, paper, there was six competitors. For her entry, Gao wrote a paper on Henry Dunant, a Swiss business man and social activist who was responsible for the creation of the International Red Cross.

Gao and second place winner, junior Cecilia Hsu, also from Centennial, will now move onto the state level at UMBC in April. If she wins at states, she will then move on to nationals.

Gao was very happy to win first place. “I put in a lot of time and effort into my project,” she said, “and it was nice seeing it all pay off.”

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