Eight Cobalt Institute of Math and Science students recently won county-wide awards at the 28th annual History Day ceremony at Summit High School.
This year's theme was “Taking a Stand in History.” Close to 250 students competed in the event, and only 54 projects were chosen to move on to the state competition in Sacramento.
Diego LeComte won first place for his individual research paper, "Fighting for Freedom Through the Power of Words: Frederick Douglass."
CIMS swept the individual website category at the March 11 ceremony. Michelle Benedum won for her website, "The Evolution of the Washing Machine and its Technology;" Ashley Boyd won for "When the South Koreans Didn't Stand Alone;" and Jesse Lancaster took the medal for his website on Thomas Jefferson.
Brenda Gutierrez, Karla Oblea, D’Vonnah Sagapolu, and Jasmine Soloranzo took home the prize for their group website, "Ida B Wells: Racism is Overrated."
The individual and group qualifiers will advance to the California History Day competition in Sacramento this May.
(Photo by Veronica Hill)