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School students excel at state history competition

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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18 June 2007

Nine Maharishi School seventh graders who won the district History Day competition in March competed in Des Moines in April against 370 top history students in grades 6-8 from all over Iowa.

The Maharishi School students have been studying their topics and relating them to the National History Day theme for 2007, 'Triumph and Tragedy in History,' since last November. The students competed in several different categories: individual performance, group performance, individual exhibit, group exhibit, and historical paper.

Phoebe Carter's performance of 'A Tragedy, A Triumph, A Miracle: the Story of Helen Keller' placed in the finalist group (top six of that category). The group performance of 'The Titanic: The Story of the Unsinkable Ship, and Its Survivors' given by Essa Johnson, Paris Lamoureux, Minna Mohammadi, and Jonina Thorsteinsdottir garnered a judges' choice award for their outstanding script.

Sam Arsanjani also received a judges' choice award for his exhibit titled 'Dr. Mossadegh: The Crisis of Oil and Democracy in Iran.' Pearl Sawhney and Caroline Fulcher made it to the finalist round (especially tough for group exhibits as the number of competitors is high in that category) for their project on 'Mahatma Gandhi: Triumph Through Nonviolence.' And Thomas Weiss's historical paper on 'Arthur Ashe: Champion to the World' was praised for his excellent relation of the topic to this year's theme.

All of the seventh graders did National History Day projects and worked for over 12 weeks on them as part of their social studies class. After the school fair held in January, these students worked on their own time to strengthen their projects for the district competition. After the district competition, the nine winning students again put in many hours perfecting their projects in preparation for the state competition. As a result they have gone deeply into their topics and are quite knowledgeable about them. They have also gained many valuable research skills that will benefit them for the rest of their school careers and life.

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