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May 1, 2018 - Texas State National History Day Winners


Students from Otto Middle School, Rice Middle School and Plano East Senior High School participated in the Texas State History Day Contest in Austin on April 28. Students who earned first or second place awards, will advance to the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland – College Park in June.  

Individual (advancing to national competition)

  • Madhalasa Iyer, Rice Middle School, seventh grade - first place junior individual performance  
  • Anjali Gonuguntla, Plano East Senior High, tenth grade - second place senior individual documentary

National History Day first prize winners

(Right) Madhalasa Iyer, Rice Middle School and (left) Aaron Felix, Tarun Yeddula, Neil Jayarajan, Aniq Chunara and Sujith Bhakta Plano East Senior High School

Group (advancing to national competition)

  • Sujith Baktha, Aniq Chunara, Aaron Felix, Neil Jayarajan and Tarun Yeddula, Plano East Senior High, twelfth grade - first place senior group performance
  • Suzie ChangRuth Franklin, Israa Mustafa, Alvin Ta and Shiva Teerdhala, Plano East Senior High, eleventh grade - second place senior group exhibit

Other Award Recipients 

  • Mohit Gupta, Plano East Senior High, twelfth grade - third place senior historical paper
  • Jason D’Souza, Plano East Senior High, eleventh grade - third place senior individual performance 
  • Halle Miller, Plano East Senior High, eleventh grade - third place senior individual exhibit
  • Natasha Raman, Plano East Senior High, eleventh grade - fourth place senior individual performance

third and fourth place winners

(Left) Natasha Raman, Plano East Senior High and (right) Jason D'Souza, Plano East Senior High

The theme for this year’s National History Day is "Conflict and Compromise in History."  Students compete in the contest by selecting a topic related to the theme, conducting research using primary and secondary sources and analyzing their findings.  Students present their work in papers, exhibits, websites, performances or documentaries.   More information can be found on the National History Day website and the Texas State Historical Association website.