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Area Students Win Virginia History Day Awards

Students from three Fairfax County public schools earned awards at the 2013 Virginia History Day competition, held in Williamsburg.

First place award winners were:

  • Alanna Peterson and Emily Williams of Lake Braddock Secondary School for “When China Lost the Seas,” Senior Group Documentary.

  • Meghan Holub and Lauren Catington of West Springfield High School for “The Great Fire of London 1666,” Senior Group Exhibit.

  • Charlotte Heffelmire of McLean High School for “Chamberlain Saved the World from Hitler and Nazi Domination,” Senior Individual Performance.

Also winning awards at the state level were:

  • Grayce Angle of West Springfield High School for “The Change from the Classical to the Romantic Periods,” second place in Senior Individual Performance.

  • Gabriella Milef of West Springfield High School for “Edward Jenner: The Slayer of the Speckled Monster,” third place in Senior Individual Web Site.

  • Amy Vanden Berghe, Briana Bittner and Brett Bowker of West Springfield High School for “Nikola Tesla,” third place in Senior Group Documentary.

Peterson and Williams won the Senior Division Naval History Award, sponsored by the National Capitol Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States for an outstanding student project that documents and analyzes an aspect of naval history.

The two top entries in each category and each age division qualify to compete in the national competition, scheduled for June 9-13 at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.