Celebrating Excellence: MSGA Students win at National History Day

With great pride, we announce the outstanding achievements of two School of Innovation & Design students, David and Elayna, who exemplify MSGA’s Trailblazer Competencies: Stay Curious, Seek Solutions, Create New Paths, and Lead with Purpose, and Embrace Wellness.

These brilliant young filmmakers recently showcased their talents at the National History Day® (NHD) National Contest, held in College Park, Maryland, from June 9 to 13. Their dedication and hard work culminated in David securing 1st place in the Junior Documentary category and Elayna earning 2nd place in the Senior Documentary category.

The 2024 National History Day (NHD) contest theme, “Turning Points in History,” offers students a wide-ranging opportunity to research and present influential historical events that have shaped our world. David and Elayna, alongside more than half a million students globally, embarked on in-depth historical research, culminating in innovative documentary projects.

David’s project, titled “Miranda v. Arizona: A Turning Point in Safeguarding Individual Rights,” explored the landmark Supreme Court case that transformed the rights of the accused in the United States. Elayna’s documentary, “The Congo Crisis: An Independence, a Murder, and a Capitalist Takeover,” delved into the complex and turbulent events surrounding the Congo Crisis, highlighting its impact on global politics and economics.

These MSGA Trailblazers didn’t stop at creating outstanding documentaries; they navigated a series of competitive events starting at the local level, advancing through rigorous stages to finally earn their place at the prestigious National Contest. Their success is a testament to their unwavering commitment, curiosity, and the enriching atmosphere fostered at Mid-South Gifted Academy.

The NHD National Contest is a distinguished platform that brings together top students from all 50 states, Washington D.C., U.S. territories, and international schools. As NHD celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the contest was particularly momentous. According to NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn, “Participating in the National History Day National Contest in 2024 is a special honor. The students at the National Contest witnessed history. They have shown incredible critical thinking, analysis, and research skills that will benefit them beyond their participation in NHD. I am proud of the students’ achievements this contest year and look forward to how they apply the skills they developed during their research to their future careers and lives.”

The rigorous judging process involved 540 historians and education professionals who evaluated the students’ work. More than 100 students were awarded cash prizes for their exceptional contributions. David and Elayna’s success not only brings pride to MSGA but also underscores the importance of their work in deepening our understanding of history’s pivotal moments. Their achievements are a testament to the power of young minds and the importance of nurturing their curiosity.

At Mid-South Gifted Academy, we are dedicated to fostering an environment where students can thrive academically and personally. David’s and Elayna’s achievements exemplify what our students can accomplish with determination, creativity, and guidance. We congratulate them on their remarkable accomplishments and look forward to their future films!

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