Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students from Springfield Estates ElementaryÂ School and West Springfield High School Â won top honors in their respective groups in the 2012 Virginia History Day competition, held recently in Williamsburg.
- First place winners for their entry in the Junior Group Website category were Mekedas Belayneh and Michael Krause of Springfield Estates Elementary School for â€œWhat Hath God Wrought?â€ Deborah Witt is their teacher.
- First place winner for her entry in the Senior Individual Exhibit category was Samantha Perlstein of West Springfield High School for â€œThe Haitian Revolution.â€ Cathleen Boivin and Brian Plancich are her teachers.
Also winning awards at the Virginia History Day competition were:
Karen Adjei of West Springfield High School, second place for â€œBlack Panther Movement,â€ and Kris Kang of West Springfield High School, third place for â€œDorothea Dix and the Asylum Movementâ€ in Senior Individual Website.
Drake Dixon and Andrew Han of West Springfield High School, third place for â€œAntibioticsâ€ in Senior Group Website.
Amanda Nguyen, Morgan Akers, and Maggie Rabe of West Springfield High School, second place for â€œChinaâ€™s One Child Policyâ€ in Senior Group Exhibit.
- Kylee Bush of Whitman Middle School, second place for â€œSuck It Up and Drive on Soldierâ€”PTSDâ€ in Junior Individual Exhibit.
- Madeleine Poisson of Fairfax High School, second place for â€œWe Will Not Be Silent: the German Student Resistanceâ€ and Megan Kitts of West Springfield High School, third place for â€œBaroque Musicâ€ in Senior Individual Documentary.
- Lauren Miller, Miranda Grier-Spratley, and Marjorie Mika of Springfield Estates Elementary School, won a special award — the Naval Order of the United States Award in Naval History in the Junior Division — for their entry, â€œThe Revolution of the Steamboat.â€
Students who earned a first or second place award are eligible to compete in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June.