Nazareth Students Qualify for National Competition

(left to right) Paul Kramer, James Turek, Zack Sims, Daniel Bier qualify for National History Day
(left to right) Paul Kramer, James Turek, Zack Sims, Daniel Bier qualify for National History Day

On May 8, 2014, twelve juniors from Nazareth Academy competed at the State Finals of the Metro Chicago History Fair in Springfield, IL. In fact, every Nazareth student who competed at the City Finals in April advanced to State level. They presented documentaries focused on one subject in Chicago or Chicago suburban history. 

Nazareth is pleased to announce that four students, Daniel Bier (La Grange), Paul Kramer (Forest View), Zack Sims (Chicago) and James Turek (Forest Park) qualified to participate at National History Day held at the University of Maryland in June. National History Day is a nationally acclaimed academic program that promotes the study of history in grades 6-12. The young men will be competing against students from all over the country with their outstanding documentary entitled: “Vanquishing the Illinois Black Codes: Chicagoans Who Made a Difference.” These Nazareth students comprise one of only two groups to represent the state of Illinois at this prestigious competition. 

“I am so proud of the work exhibited by these four students on this amazing documentary. Their scholarly use of primary sources, superior writing and brilliant use of creativity and technology puts this project into a class of its own,” says U.S. History Honors teacher, Therese Hawkins.


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