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Middle School students at The Rhoades School in Encinitas excel in academic competitions

8th grade National History Day winners will move on to the California statewide competition in May.
8th grade National History Day winners will move on to the California statewide competition in May.
(Courtesy of The Rhoades School)

Middle School students at The Rhoades School in Encinitas recently participated in county-level academic competitions where they received numerous accolades. Several eighth grade students participated in the 2021 National History Day Contest, an annual competition that encourages more than half a million students to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students created websites and documentaries around this year’s theme, “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding”, and 10 Rhoades School students were selected as winners of the San Diego County-level competition: Audrey Link for Individual Documentary; Taylor Belanich for Individual Website; Jonah Berman for Individual Website; Rohan Keswani and Tejas Ravi for Group Website; and Sawyer Benedict, Jadyn Hecht, Chayce Marshall, Elias Samady and Divya Sharma for Group Website. Winners will move on to the California statewide competition in May, where they will compete for a position in the National Contest held at the University of Maryland at College Park this June.

A number of Rhoades School students also received awards in recognition of their National History Day projects: Koe Goodsell, Minority Group Accomplishments Through Diversity Award and Honorable Mention for Individual Website; Grace Howard, First Timer’s Award, U.S. Foreign Relations Award and Runner-Up for Individual Website; Lily Masi, Outstanding Projects on American History Award; Sawyer Benedict, Jadyn Hecht, Chayce Marshall, Elias Samady and Divya Sharma, Best Use of Primary Sources Award and Outstanding Projects on American History Award; and Jake Streitman, Judge’s Choice Award.

Courtesy of The Rhoades School
Courtesy of The Rhoades School
(Courtesy of The Rhoades School)

Additionally, several Rhoades School students were recently recognized for their achievements in last fall’s American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8, a national competition consisting of 60,000 students from over 1,400 schools. High scorers from The Rhoades School included:

Sixth Grade – Gold winners Alex Kefalopoulos and Sebastian Guido; Silver winner Addison Stahl, Bronze winners Summer Grant, Judah Presley, Lily Long and Rylan Parady.

Seventh Grade – Gold winner Charlie Ahn; Silver winner Oona Norvell; Bronze winner Gabriel Avanesian.

Eighth Grade – Gold winner Koe Goodsell; Silver winner Tejas Ravi; Bronze winners Chayce Marshall and Elias Samady.

For more information about the AMC 8 and National History Day competitions, visit www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8 and www.nhd.org.


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