Southwest students honored at National History Day in D.C.

Several Southwest high school students walked away with awards at National History Day, which was held in Washington, D.C., June 11-15.

Of the 23 students from Minneapolis Public Schools, four students achieved high-ranking awards.

National History Day is the culmination of an intensive research project that spans a year. It encourages students to follow an historical topic in detail and then present it creatively. This year, the theme of the projects was &#8220Taking a Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

Children may complete projects in numerous categories. They compete locally first and work up to the national contest. Southwest High School teacher Bob Ferguson, a 15-year History Day coach, said his students this year set a record for high achievements in his time as a teacher.

At the national level, Southwest High School senior Sophia Naylor impressed judges with her documentary entitled &#8220The Minnesota Semi-Starvation Study: Taking a Stand for Nonviolence and Hunger Relief.” She earned 2nd place in the competition.

Fellow Southwest 12th-grader Sarah Parker's research paper called &#8220Voice of the Voiceless: Archbishop Oscar Romero's Stand for the Liberation of the Salvadoran People” placed 4th.

Parker was also recognized as the Minnesota Outstanding Senior Entry Award by the National History Day judges. Additionally, Desmond Richardson achieved 11th place for his individual performance.

South High School's Jennifer Walker won 7th place in the senior individual exhibit category for her project, &#8220Nonviolent Revolution: James Lawson and His Nashville Students Take a Stand for Civil Rights.”