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Rockwood Students Win Awards at National History Day Competition

Rockwood Students Win Awards at National History Day Competition

Rockwood School District students Rohan Deshpande and Mahesh Boddapati earned awards at the National History Day (NHD) competition, which ran from June 9-13 at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Deshpande, a rising Marquette High senior, earned the Untold Stories Special Prize in the Senior Individual Documentary category for his project, “Buttons, Baby Teeth, and Bombs: The Saint Louis Baby Tooth Study.” Boddapati, a rising Marquette freshman, won the History of Place Special Prize in the Junior Paper category for his project, “The Berlin Airlift: The Turning Point in the Cold War,” which he completed this past school year at Crestview Middle.

This year’s NHD theme was “Turning Points in History.” Students were encouraged to research and create documentary projects about an idea, event or action that directly -- or sometimes indirectly -- causes change, inviting participants to consider questions of time and place, cause and effect, change over time and impact and significance.

Six Rockwood students smile at the National History Day competition award ceremony.

In all, 600,000 students competed in this year’s NHD contest, and 2,849 students and 1,623 projects advanced to the national competition. Deshpande and Boddapati’s projects were among 100 chosen as category winners or special prize recipients at the national competition, including three from the state of Missouri. Two other Missouri projects also earned “Oustanding Entry” awards.

The group of Marquette students Dhruv Chakravarthula, Amanda Moi, Siddharth Sawant and Yvette Yaroshenko also advanced to the national competition with their Senior Group Documentary, “Tinker V. Des Moines: A Turning Point in Constitutional Rights and Student Freedom.”

All six of the Rockwood students who qualified for nationals were able to attend. The national competition includes student presentations and interviews and provides opportunities to explore Washington, D.C., while meeting students from other states and countries.

As part of the NHD experience, the Rockwood group received passes to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and students attended a tour of the U.S. Capitol. The five students who submitted documentaries were selected by the Missouri NHD coordinator to attend a live session with famed documentarian Ken Burns to hear about his advice and experiences.

During the award ceremony, which was held June 13 at the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland, all Missouri students, teachers and coordinators sat together after parading around the arena carrying Missouri flags and signs.

Congratulations to these outstanding Rockwood students and their teachers!


Rohan Deshpande, Senior Individual Documentary

A Rockwood student smiles with his medal after earning an award at the National History Day competition.

“Buttons, Baby Teeth, and Bombs: The Saint Louis Baby Tooth Study”

School: Marquette High

Teacher: Megan Burian

Award: Untold Stories Special Prize

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this prize is awarded in both the Junior and Senior divisions to an outstanding entry in any category that uncovers and highlights an untold story of America’s history: a significant but neglected event, document, movement, person, group, or culture that helped shape the republic.


Mahesh Boddapati, Junior Paper

A Rockwood student smiles with his medal after earning an award at the National History Day competition.

“The Berlin Airlift: The Turning Point in the Cold War”

School: Crestview Middle

Teacher: Chris Teague

Award: History of Place Special Prize

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this prize is awarded in both the Junior and Senior divisions to an outstanding entry in any category that documents and analyzes the power of place in American history. Places (i.e., land and waterways, settlements and cities, structures, regions, and communities, etc.) are links to the past. The project should explain how the power of place can impact a historical moment.


National Qualifiers

Four Rockwood students smile and hold National History Day in Missouri signs at the national contest.

Senior Group Documentary: Siddharth Sawant, Yvette Yaroshenko, Dhruv Chakravarthula, Amanda Moi

"Tinker V. Des Moines: A Turning Point in Constitutional Rights and Student Freedom”

School: Marquette

Teacher: Megan Burian

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