Middle School Student Wins First Place in Pennsylvania at the National History Day Competition
Grade 8 student Roshni Thakkar won first place in the Junior Individual Website Category of the National History Day (NHD) Competition for Pennsylvania. Her project was called “Nelson Mandela: A Conflicting Journey to Justice.”
Grade 8 students have been engaging their hearts, minds, and hands in the service of a greater good during their year-long humanities work. On Monday, May 21, they presented their culminating capstone project – The Museum of Citizen Action – to the entire Sewickley Academy community.
SA Inducts Twelve New Members into the Cum Laude Society
On May 21, 2018, Sewickley Academy’s Senior School gathered in Rea Auditorium to honor the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of students during the annual Awards Ceremony which included an induction presentation for the newest members of the Cum Laude Society.
Students in Grades 5–8 competed in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee in their history classes over the past week.
Out of these four grades, nine finalists advanced to the school level of competition which took place on Tuesday, December 12, in the Middle School Commons and was attended by all Middle School students. The finalists were Grade 5 student Arhip, Grade 6 students Max, Jayden, and Logan, Grade 7 students Alex, Ashton, and Aiden, and Grade 8 students Aysu and Georgia.
Ashton was crowned the Sewickley Academy National Geographic Bee Champion and will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors. All school champions are eligible to win the national championship on May 20-23, 2018, held in Washington, D.C., and its first place prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Aysu placed second and Aiden placed third.
According to its website, the National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in Grades 4-8 from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee which began in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over three decades, 1,583 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarship money has been awarded to winners of the competition by the National Geographic Society.