Thirteen Mason students earned honors at the National History Day in Ohio contest held Saturday at The Ohio State University.
The History Day competition challenges students to research historical topics related to an annual theme. This year’s theme was “Turning Points in History.”
Twenty-nine Mason students were invited to submit projects at the state level. Of those, two were named national finalists, two national alternates, three honorable mentions and two special awards.
Mason sophomore Divya Takkellapati was named a national finalist for her paper, “The Lady with the Lamp: The Start of a Revolution in Healthcare.”
Mason Middle School seventh-grader Ahalya Ramesh was named a national finalist in the junior individual exhibit category with her paper, “The Discovery of Insulin: A Second Chance for the sugar Sickness.”
Both girls will go on to compete against the top national students June 9-13 at the National History Day contest in College Park, Md.
Two students received special prizes: Mohamed Elzarka, a Mason High School student, won the Ohio Academy of History award for his paper, “The Hijrah: The Impact of a Journey,” while Mason Middle School student Vineet Sai Prasad won the American Founding Award-Ashbrook Center for Public Affair award for his paper, “Declaration of Independence: A Document of our Past.”
Mason Middle School students Chinmay Bakshi, Sritej Devineni and Vardhan Avasarala were named national alternates. Chinmay’s paper addressed “The India and Pakistan Partition” while Sritjej and Vardhan collaborated on a website on the “Cuban Missile Crisis.”
Mason High School students Gokul Muruganantham, Sai Madichetty and Shreetej Reddy and Mason Middle School students Ranjani Ramasubramanian Atneya Nair and Tristan Groenewold received honorable mentions.
This year’s crop of students marks the school’s strongest showing in several years and is the third consecutive year a Mason student has advanced to the national contest, said team adviser Dan Langan.