Greenwich High School Innovation Lab students were recognized during the Sept 14 Board of Education Meeting for their success at National History Day, which is an annual project-based contest for students in grades 6-12.
GHS Innovation Lab teacher Christina Shaw introduced all the students and gave brief descriptions of their projects.
Some of the successful Innovation Lab students included Senior Kathryn Papas, who made it to the state level competition and also took home the special prize for an outstanding entry related to Connecticut women.
Eleventh graders Sophie Anderlin, Jody Bell and, Ben Wolff placed third at the local level for their dramatic performance, “Virginia Hall: A female spy taking a stand with actions, not words.” Innovation Lab teacher Christina Shaw said that after revising and refining their work, they gave an even more polished presentation at the state level in Hartford.
Seniors Flora Braes, Nicole Wood, Sofia Dodaro and Katherine Hurst spent countless hours researching in college libraries including Smith College and Columbia University to create their performance entitled “Constance Baker Motley: Standing with the civil rights movement to advance the case for equality.”
Their performance showcasing this local Connecticut activist won them not only first place at the state level, but eighth at nationals. At National History Day finals, the GHS Innovation Lab students competed with the best teams, not only from every state, but from around the world.
“Their level of scholarship, passion and work ethic illustrate the kind of students we have the pleasure to teach in our program,”said Innovation Lab teacher Christina Shaw of the Inn Lab students.
Innovation Lab receives significant funding from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.