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District students win 15 state awards at South Carolina National History Day

Horry County Schools (HCS) students won 15 awards in 11 categories at the South Carolina National History Day (SCNHD) competition held April 25 and are now eligible to advance to nationals. For the first time ever, the state competition was held virtually, due to COVID-19 closures. The National History Day competition, hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park, will also be held virtually on June 14-18.

Each year, National History Day engages students in historical research within a theme chosen for its broad application to world, national, or state history. This year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History, challenges students to explore social, political, legislative, economic, industrial, ideological, educational, and natural barriers that were broken by courageous historical figures. HCS students first entered the Coastal Regional qualifying event at Coastal Carolina University, one of five regional competitions that determine eligibility for statewide competition. Students who placed first, second, or third at the state level are eligible for the national competition, with third place winners serving as alternates.

State winners in the Junior Division are as follows:

  • Individual Documentary: 1st Place; Rebecca Norton-Baker, Socastee Middle School; “Ronald McNair: A South Carolinian Who Reached for the Stars;” and 3rd Place; Aidan Hayes, Ten Oaks Middle School; “Building Dams and Breaking Barriers: The Santee Cooper Story.”
  • Group Documentary: 1st Place; Allison Colquett, Elizabeth Atkinson, Ella Conder, and Lydia Fitte, Myrtle Beach Middle School; “Stones in Their Pathway: How the Pollitzer Sisters Broke Barriers”
  • Individual Performance: 1st Place; Caroline Richardson, St. James Middle School; “A New Beginning: How the Construction of the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum Helped Those with Mental Illnesses Find Care;” and 2nd Place; Karol Barbis, Black Water Middle School; “Frances Oldham Kelsey: The Worst Crisis That Never Happened.”
  • Group Performance: 3rd Place; Jordan Stahler, Makaila Tucker and Preston Payne, Ten Oaks Middle School; “How the Constitutional Convention Broke the Barriers of the Weak Laws Imposed by the Articles of Confederation”
  • Individual Exhibit: 2nd Place; Carrie Jordan, Loris Middle School; “Capitol Crawl: Paving the Way for a More Accessible Future;” and 3rd Place; Karley Hand, Loris Middle School; “All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: When the Boys are Away, the Girls Will Play”
  • Group Exhibit: 1st Place; Anna Potter, Emerson Walker, and Emmie Walker, St. James Middle School; “Putting a Cork on Alcohol: Prohibition in the 1900’s”
  • Individual Website: 2nd Place; Katherine Young, St. James Middle School; “When Humans Bite Back: Malaria Elimination in the United States;” and 3rd Place; Carter Morgan, St. James Middle School; “Ever Loyal: Colonel Ben Skardon.”
  • Group Website: 2nd Place; Claire Carson and Isabella Hansen, Ten Oaks Middle School; “Althea Gibson: Barrier Breaking Athlete”

State winners in the Senior Division are as follows:

  • Group Performance: 2nd Place; Iysis Rutledge, Jordan Philo, Julia Gonzalez, and Tearah Walker, HCS Early College High School; “Ruth Bader Ginsburg”
  • Individual Website: 1st Place; Kaya Smith, HCS Early College High School; “The Role Psychology Played in the Brown v. Board Case”
  • Group Website: 2nd Place; Makayla Gibson and Sunni Doyle, HCS Early College High School; “Inside the Mind of a Killer: Breaking the Barrier with Offender Profiling”