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Fruitvale, Warren Students, Return from National History Day Competition

Students from Warren and Fruitvale junior high schools returned home after participating for four intense days in the National History Day competition. While no Kern team placed in the top three this year, that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of team members and coaches.

“My students are winners and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” says Brenda Griffiths, teacher-coach for the Fruitvale Junior High team. “They put in more hours (researching and preparing for the competition) than it takes to get a bachelor’s degree in history.” Fruitvale Junior High is part of the Fruitvale School District.

Congratulations to the two Fruitvale teams that went to the National History Day finals:

• Junior Group Performance - Julie Castro, Morgan Kaess, Makay Moss, Grace Park and Brooke Richter. Their topic was “Exodus 1947: The Consequence of Failed Diplomacy.”

• Junior Individual Documentary - Christopher Trickey, “The U2 Incident’s Consequence on Cold War Diplomacy.”

The Kern student finalists competed in the national finals against an estimated 2,000 students from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and American Somoa. The students reached the national finals by successfully finishing in the top rakings in the state History Day competition held in April in San Jose.

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