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History in the Making • Canyons Students Win State Champion Honors at Utah’s National History Day Contest

Some talented Canyons District students recently made history-making projects about … history.

Six students from the District earned state championship titles at the 2021 National History Day Utah state contest on Wednesday, April 28, with three projects from the junior division and one from the senior division earning top marks.

CSD’s historical haul also included seven students and three projects winning special prize awards at the 40th annual event, which was held virtually due to the pandemic.

Jordan High’s Elsie Grow had a huge day, winning three different awards for her work.

“This is the most winners we have had in a single year from our district,” said Scott Lambert, the Social Studies teacher specialist for Canyons’ Instructional Supports Department. “Congrats to our awesome teachers who taught, guided and supported our amazing students.”

The winners, who attend Jordan High, Draper Park Middle, Midvale Middle and Union Middle, advance to compete in the national competition, June 13-19.

Students were tasked to write papers and put together visual projects for the theme, “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”

The Canyons’ winners include:

Junior Paper

State Champion: William Harrison, Draper Park Middle School, “The Power of Television: How Televised Presidential Appearances have Shaped American History.”

Group Documentary

State Champion: Allie Murray, Ellie Glover and Sara Russell, Union Middle School, “Women’s Suffrage.”

Individual Performance

State Champion: Isabella Toledo, Union Middle School, “Quipus.”

Senior Paper

State Champion: Elsie Grow, Jordan High, “For the Advancement and Betterment of Humanity: The Fight for Women’s Suffrage at Utah’s Constitutional Convention.”

Special Awards

The American West prize and the Glen and Caroline Miner prize in Utah History: Elsie Grow, Jordan High, “For the Advancement and Betterment of Humanity: The Fight for Women’s Suffrage at Utah’s Constitutional Convention.”

Junior Group Documentary

The Trails Prize: Aeris Lau, Cody Su, Jacob Nelson, Kimiya Mavaddat and Max McFarland, Midvale Middle, “The Pony Express: The Most ‘Note’able Men;” and Hannah Cecil and Maile Gonzalez, Union Middle, “Pony Express.”

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