Taking a Stand in Guam’s History

National History Day Winners

St. John’s School is proud to announce its winners in the Guam History Day Island-wide competition that took place on March 25th, 2017

Brian Lee, 7th grade, took 1st Place in the Individual Website Category – Jr Division 

Brian Lee, 7th Grade

His project’s title:
“The Road to Democracy
Laura Thompson Takes a Stand for Chamorro Citizenship” can be viewed here.

Tasi Scout Petra, Anne Wen, Pin Hsuan Chen

Tasi Scout Petra and Chen Pin Hsuan took 1st Place in the Exhibits Group – High School Division

They were also awarded for their historical research in Language and Culture.
Their project was titled “In Mimumuyi i fino Chamoru: Standing Up for the Chamorro Language”

Anne Wen took 1st Place  in the Performance Individual – High School Division
Her project’s title: “A Moment in Time: OPI-R Takes a Stand Against US Colonialism.”

I have participated in the competition for the past three years,” said Anne.  “In the past, Ms. Chu, Ms. Reffell, Mrs. Petra, and Dr. Deb Cabrera provided a lot of feedback and creative ideas that sparked my interest to conduct the project. Initially, I was not planning to participate in the NHD competition; however, past experience and the suggestions from the teachers mentioned above served to spark my interest and encouraged me to conduct a research project.

St. John’s was also awarded Most Determined School 
Congratulations to all the students who participated and did an amazing job representing St. John’s School.

Every year National History Day (Guam History Day) frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time. For more information about the Theme please visit the National History Day website at: ​https://nhd.org/contest-affiliates/annual-theme/#toggle-id-2

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