Cambridge Rindge and Latin School junior Graham Moore took first place in the 2009 Massachusetts History Day competition on April 4th at Clark University in Worcester. Competing in the Senior Papers category (Grades 9-12), Graham’s paper, Just Words? Huey Long and the Power of Rhetoric was awarded top honors from the judges. His accomplishment earns him a trip to National History Day in Washington, DC in June, where his paper will compete with entries from the other fifty states for the number one spot in the nation.
Over the past several years Cambridge Rindge and Latin School has participated at the local and regional levels in the annual National History Day program. National History Day in the nation’s capitol is a national program that is the culmination of regional and state competitions involving 6-12 graders in school districts across the country. The students produce exhibits, papers, websites, video documentaries, or performances on historical figures, topics, and/or events based on rigorous academic standards and an annual theme. This year’s theme is The Individual in History. In recent years, Cambridge has had several students advance to and earn recognition at the state, regional, and national levels.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s local History Day program was held in the Pearl K. Wise Library in January, 2009. Graham was one of 4 CRLS students whose papers went on to the regional competition at Winchester High School in March of this year. Rindge also entered a group exhibit entitled: “Lewis Hayden: A Path-breaker in the Abolitionist Movement” in the regional competition. Graham will be the second CRLS student to advance from the regionals to the finals in Washington in as many years.
Kudos are also in order for Graham’s history teacher, Susie Van Blaricum and CRLS National History Day Coordinator, Dr. Barbara Weaver for their work with all the students involved.