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Molokai Student Winners at State History Day

Hawaii Council for the Humanities News Release

On April 12, Molokai students presented projects that placed and earned History Day medals, as well as garnered special state awards and prizes from Hawaii organizations at the 2014 Hawaii History Day State Fair. The annual competition involves hundreds of students and teachers from the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii Council for the Humanities again sponsored the state competition, the theme of which is Rights and Responsibilities in History.

Molokai High School student Cendall Manley won a bronze medal for her Senior Performance project titled “Prohibition: A Dilemma Between Individual Rights, Personal Responsibility and Governmental Power” and is a qualifier for the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day (NHD) contest, which will be held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Two other projects by students from Molokai High also garnered special awards and prizes from Hawaii organizations at the state competition. Anna May Ewing won the Associated Chinese University Women Award for outstanding projects in Chinese or Chinese-American history (cash award) for her project,  “Restricting the Rights of Parents: Family in China in the Senior Paper category. Rhe-Zhene Puailihau and Ashley Smith also won the University of Hawaii Center for Oral History Award for outstanding historical research using oral histories (cash award) for their project titled “Kaulana Wailua a`o Molokai: in the Senior Performance category.

History Day is a nationwide competition that makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Hawai‘i History Day, part of the National History Day program, is a year-long education program that culminates in the annual state-level fair. It provides educational services to students and teachers, including curricular services and Internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes.

The state coordinator for National History Day in Hawaii is Jane Murao of the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. To learn more about NHD in Hawaii, contact her at (808) 732-5402, ext. 2 or jmurao@hihumanities.org. Or visit the Hawaii History Day website at hi.nhd.org/. For more information on NHD, contact the national office at (301) 314-9739 or visit the NHD official website at nhd.org.


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