Killingworth Students Have a Knack for History

Four members of the Bell family recently took home first place during the annual History Day contest in New Haven.


Four students from Killingworth recently took home top prizes at the New Haven District History Day Contest on Saturday, March 24 at Wilbur Cross High School. 

Rebekah, Tabitha, Benjamin and Jared Bell were among nearly 250 students who participated in the annual contest which involved researcing topics related to this year's theme of Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History.

Students were asked to submit one of five formats for the contest; a paper, theatrical performance, website, documentary or an exhibit.

11th graders Rebekah and Tabitha, who are homeschooled in Killingworth, won first place in the Senior Group Category for their exhibit entitled It's SEW Revolutionary: The Sewing machine. The pair's exhibit will be on display at the Killingworth Library this summer.

8th graders Benjamin and Jared, won first place in the Junior Group Category for their website entitled Dance of the Planets: The Copernican Revolution.

The projects were judged by a team of volunteer judges, comprised of educators, historians, legislators, and other Connecticut citizens 

Students placing in the top three will next compete at the Connecticut State History Day Contest on April 28 for a chance to compete in National History Day in Maryland in June.

Last year Rebekah, Tabitha and Jared at the state event as well.

New Haven is one of the five History Day in Connecticut districts. History Day in Connecticut is one of 56 affiliate programs of the nationally renowned academic program, National History Day (NHD). It is administered by Connecticut’s Old State House and the Connecticut Historical Society. History Day in Connecticut is generously supported by the Connecticut Humanities Council. 


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