Nationals for history next for Maui students

Students from several Maui schools have qualified for the National History Day Competition in June at the University of Maryland.

Baldwin High School’s Matthew DeMichele placed first for his paper in the senior division, for grades 9 through 12. He took top honors at the Hawaii History Day competition held April 20 at Windward Community College on Oahu.

DeMichele’s paper is titled “The Abolition Act of 1807: Abolishing the British Slave Trade Marks Turning Point in the Illegalization of the International Slave Trade.” His teacher is Scott Clarke.

Other Maui County students who qualified for the national competition but did not place at the state level are listed by category, title of exhibit, students, school and teacher:

* Junior (grades 6-8) exhibit, “Rising from the Ashes . . . ” Erin Tsue and Krizhna Bayudan, Sacred Hearts School, Patricia Wurst.

* Junior website, “The Battle for Midway: The Turning Point of the War in the Pacific,” Daniel Wong, Nathaniel Muto and Dalton Lins, Maui Preparatory Academy, John Deal.

* Senior (grades 9-12) website, “Enlightenment from Pestilence: How the Black Plague Created the Renaissance,” Alexander Muto, Maui Preparatory Academy, Deal.

Students who entered the Hawaii contests may have also won various other special awards for their specific projects.

The Hawai’i Council for the Humanities is Hawaii’s National History Day sponsor.