Freshman Jimmy O'Connell took first place in the Senior Papers Category at the Missouri National History Day competition Friday, April 30. Jimmy advances to the national competition in June. Just like the state competition, the national competition, typically held in Washington, D.C., will be virtual.
Fellow freshman Elan Jiang placed third in the senior papers category as well, but only the top two advance. Elan is an alternate to attend should a spot open up.
Jimmy's topic for his paper is "Communications Between Japan and the United States in World War II: Lessons Learned on Achieving True Understanding," and Elan's paper is "The Influence of Paleolithic Cave Paintings on Ancient Communication in History." According to upper school social studies teacher Sam Knopik, the accomplishments of both students are impressive because place winners in the paper category are typically reserved for upperclassmen. Congratulations, Jimmy and Elan!