Newtown Middle School seventh grade students Julia Doyle and Henry Petrillo recently entered into the History Day in Connecticut Contest when they presented their individual projects at Fairfield University on March 2.
History Day in Connecticut is overseen by Connecticut’s Old State House and the Connecticut Historical Society, with funding from Connecticut Humanities, according to the contest’s website.
Both Julia and Henry worked on their projects outside of school, and both signed up and registered to take part in History Day with oversight by Natalie Bradley.
Julia said she was interested in completing her project on World War II, and Henry completed his project on the Magna Carta and its effect on democracy.
Henry presented his project in the form of an exhibit, and Julia created a paper on the atomic bomb.
“I was interested in doing something about World War II, but I also wanted to include science in it,” said Julia. “So the atomic bomb was both historic and scientific.”
Reflecting on the History Day in Connecticut event held on March 2, Henry said it was interesting to learn from all the other participants. There was a wide range in the projects he saw, he said.
“It was a lot of fun making [the project], presenting it, and meeting other people that had the same interest,” said Henry.
Both Henry and Julia said they are interested in creating projects for the contest again next year.
“They did a remarkable job,” said Ms Bradley.
After passing the district contest, both Julia and Henry are moving onto the state level of the History Day contest, which is set for April 27.
For more information about History Day in Connecticut visit www.ct.nhd.org.