Students win awards at National History Day competition

Fourteen award-winning students pose for the camera after the National History Day competition in Tallahassee.

Fourteen students received special awards or ranked first, second or third at the National History Day competition in Tallahassee May 5-7.

Many student projects will advance to the national competition at the University of Maryland in June.

In addition, Oren Schlierer, World History teacher at East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, was named a Florida History Day Teacher of Merit winner.

Category winners include:

• St. Petersburg High School — Senior Papers, first place: Victor Xie, Angela Hack for Celebrating Historic Triumphs in the Midst of Tragedy: Ernie Pyle's Quest to Honor the Infantry of WWII.

• St. Petersburg High School — Senior Individual Website, first place: Kasha Tyranski, Angela Hack for The Suez Crisis of 1956: Triumph and Tragedy in the Name of Economic Domination.

• Largo High School — Senior Group Exhibit, first place: Renee Jones, Jonathan Yacobi, Deborah Pettingill for Breaking the Chains.

• Joseph L. Carwise Middle School — Junior Individual Exhibit, first place: Alicia Rhinehart, Jamie Colver for Helen Keller.

• Dunedin Highland Middle School — Junior Group Documentary, second place: Emily Hayes and Riley Matthews and Teresa Bergstrom for "Houston, We've Had a Problem Here": The Triumph and Tragedy of Apollo 13.

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School — Junior Group Performance, third place: Micaela Pedrazas, Ellie Kim, Natalie Grote and Laura Gibson for Over Those Twelve Feet.

• Palm Harbor University High School — Senior Individual Website, third place: Maya Srinivasan, Jason Tsardoulias for "Drinking the Kool Aid": Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.