Only the top two projects in each category go to Nationals. Sophie's documentary was awarded top two in the state. She and I will travel to University of Maryland in College Park to compete in a few weeks mid June. Her project was one of 36 projects chosen out of 2000.
I am also happy to share that two projects took a technical "3rd" in state - Ellie's paper and Izzy and Emily's documentary. They are the alternates for nationals - if one of the two top projects can't go they will be invited to compete!
Maya and Tyler's documentary received a 98% superior rating- because Dan Seavey was a pirate of the Great Lakes and not specifically only Illinois they could only showcase their project at the state level.
Jenna and Juliana's project got a 95% superior rating. I was told their balloon frame housing missed nationals by two points. I am still waiting for Matthew and Jeromey's final scores - they also received a superior rating for their website.
Competition was absolutely fierce. I was so impressed by the scholarship and dedication seen amongst our students AND students statewide. I was happy seeing so many people love and breathe History.
I am beyond grateful for such wonderful students and colleagues - special shout out to the parents who also made yesterday smooth and such fun. Thank you to everyone who helped with History Fair - giving up your class time, helping judge - bringing your classes to the fair - it is appreciated so much.
- Ms. Siegel