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Six Toledo Early College Students Advance to National Level in History Day Contest

Toledo Early College sophomores Cassidy McClellan, Ahmed Feruzi, Grace Mulinix, Stephanie Barnes, Sarah Sahmarani and DeNaijia Wesley qualified to compete at the national level of the National History Day (NHD) contest in College Park, MD on June, 11, 2018. The six students took top honors in their categories at the state NHD contest that was held at Ohio Wesleyan University on 21 April 2016. The students were accompanied by teachers Ms. Mona Al-Hayani, Mr. Zach Shepler and Mr. Randy Nissen and Toledo Early College principal Karen Berman.

L. to R Ahmed Feruzi, Cassidy McClellan, Grace Mulinix, Sarah Sahmarani, DeNaijia Wesley, Stephanie Barnes.

Every freshman and sophomore at Early College is required to create an NHD project; entering the contest is optional. Project categories include exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances. One hundred-twenty students represented the school at the regional contest at BGSU in April where 33 qualified for the state contest. 

 Cassidy McClellan and Ahmed Feruzi created a website entitled​  Combahee River Collective: Advocating for Black Women's Rights

​ Grace Mulinix and Stephanie Barnes worked together on a Group Performance titled ​A Nuclear Decision: Choosing to Drop the Atomic Bombs​.

​ Sarah Sahmarani and DeNaijia Wesley created Individual performances titled respectively ​Freedom Summer: A Season of Conflict and ​The Conflict and Compromise of the Trailblazing Black 14 in 1969

​ “National History Day is the centerpiece of our humanities curriculum. The process teaches a myriad of research and presentation skills. I am a true believer in NHD”, said Randy Nissen, social studies teacher. “​History has always been a passion of mine along with theatre so to do a performance about history is an absolute dream come true”, said Grace Mulinix. “Not only did it push me to new limits as a performer but as a historian and it let me understand more about the human condition.”


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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:13 -0700.

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