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Yolo Middle School students recently received a medal for the projects they created as part of the Stanislaus County Office of Education’s National History Day event. .

Three of Yolo’s four teams won medals and the fourth received an honorable mention.

National History Day is an educational program that encourages students in grades 4-12 to explore local, state, national and world history. After selecting a historical topic related to an annual theme, students conduct in-depth research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. Students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about the significance of their subjects in history, and create final projects that showcase their work. Projects can take the form of a documentary, a podcast, a website, an exhibition, a poster (4th and 5th year only) or an article.

This year’s theme was “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures and Consequences”.

Students can work in teams of two to five or compete individually. The paper had to be done individually.

The top students in each category have the opportunity to move on and enter the state competition in May.

The program was sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Patterson Unified School District.

Yolo Middle School students who have won awards are:

Gold: Cynthia Hernandez and Carlos Gutierrez (not pictured) with a topic on sports integration: Fritz Pollard. They created a website.

Gold: Connor Orr with a bill of rights debate topic. He built a website.

Silver: Kelly Zapien, Areli Neria and Cierra Kirk with a subject on women’s rights: the Seneca Falls convention. They made a documentary.

Honorable mention: Grade 6 student Maya Hey (not pictured) made a documentary on ship safety: the RMS Titanic.

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