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Young Fairfield History Buff Wins National Prize

Unquowa School students Samantha Renzulli won a major award at the National History Day contest.
Unquowa School students Samantha Renzulli won a major award at the National History Day contest. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — An Unquowa School student won a major award at the 2017 National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland this past week.

Samantha Renzulli won the Outstanding Connecticut Junior Entry Award for her individual performance, “One Child’s Stand: The Children’s March to Victory 1963.”

The win comes on the heels of her first place award at Connecticut History Day in April.

Renzulli and the rest of the Connecticut delegation competed against nearly 3,000 students from across the country at the national competition.

"Connecticut History Day workshops, resources and coaching have helped students create high quality projects based on sound research,” said Sally Whipple, executive director of Connecticut’s Old State House. “Students develop critical thinking, writing and research skills, along with increased confidence, curiosity and the ability to ask and find answers to compelling questions.”

Renowned historian and filmmaker Ken Burns, a longtime fan of the National History Day Contest, kicked off the five-day contest.

Throughout the week participants presented their work to teams of judges, met with Connecticut’s U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and interacted with fellow student historians from around the country and overseas.

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