MSMS Students Tops in State at National History Day
In its first year sending teams to the National History Day, Marshall Simonds Middle School made its presence known with four students qualifying for the National Competition in Washington D.C. in June. The 7th grade team of Nolan Martin, Matt Shannon, and Emerson Waisnor (pictured above) won in the documentary competition for their phenomenal film on the Woburn Cancer Cluster (see below).
Their in-depth efforts included interviews with Attorney Jan Schlichtmann (shown above), Mary Toomey and Donna Robbins (mothers of the victims), and reporter Dan Kennedy.
6th-grader Julia Shvartsman (pictured above) also qualified for the National Competition in the performance category for her informative presentation on Rosie the Riveter. Shvartsman coupled her passion for acting with hours of research on Rosie the Riveter to take second place in the state in her category. All in all, MSMS entered 15 projects in the district National History Day Competition and from that group six projects were chosen to move forward to last week's State Competition. Sending two projects forward to the National Competition in June was a pleasant surprise for MSMS History Teacher Barbara Sturtevant who worked after school each week to support the work of the MSMS students.