Forest Hills Eastern High School students shine at National History Day! Congratulations to Andrew Karafa, Claire Parish, and Kyle Korte. Andrew received the Captain Ken Coskey Naval History Award for his documentary titled, “Temporary Truces: How America’s Handling of the Barbary Bullies Molded the U.S. Navy.” Claire and Kyle received the Global Peace Award for a website featuring, “Arthur Vandenberg: Putting America First Through Conflict and Compromise.” These three FHE students are the only Michigan students to win any national awards this year at the competition. Nationwide, about 600,000 middle and high school students compete in National History Day each year, of which only about 3,000 (0.5%) make it to the national competition. Each year has a new theme, which the students’ research topics must relate to. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History.”
Other students from FHPS competing on the national stage were seventh-graders from Forest Hills Eastern Middle School, Tyler Batts and Nick Huffman who had a junior group exhibit on the Harlem Hellfighters of WWI. Anika Deshpande and Zach Elmouchi had a junior group documentary on Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and the Election of 1800.
The students’ teacher and National History Day coach is Jim Cross.