Nazareth Academy students advance to state history fair finals

U.S. history honors students from Nazareth Academy have history fair projects moving on to state competition after finishing with top scores at the Metro City Finals History Fair event April 28. Qualified winners from the state contest in Springfield on May 8, will advance to the National History Fair competition this summer.

All of the advancing projects this year are in the documentary category.

Juniors in the honors classes were charged with creating research papers, documentaries or exhibits focused on one subject in Chicago or Chicago suburban history. Students spend about five months working individually or in groups to create historical research projects, learning how to find and use primary and secondary sources as evidence in their projects. In studying the history of their own community, students learn how decisions are made in the social, cultural, economic, and political realms that affect their lives.

Chicago Metro History Fair 2014 Illinois State Finalists include:

From Burr Ridge: Abby Meehan, who worked in a group on “Florence Kelley: An Activist for Workers’ Rights;”

From La Grange: Daniel Bier who worked in a group on “Vanquishing the Illinois Black Codes: Chicagoans Who Made a Difference;” Mason Klonowski and Kyle Metzger who worked in a group on “Dr. Leon O. Jacobson: Pioneer of Cancer Research.”

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