New Vistas Center students compete in history event SanTan Sun News

New Vistas Center students compete in history event

August 21st, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
New Vistas Center students compete in history event
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Sixth-grade students at New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler successfully competed with counterparts from around the country recently at an all-day event for National History Day in College Park, Maryland.

The program, sponsored locally by the Arizona Historical Society and nationally by The History Channel, is dedicated to teaching the importance of history and how historical events have impacted our world today.

Each year, a theme is selected according to state, national or world history. The student then analyzes how the person or event influenced present-day viewpoints. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise.”

Students are encouraged to think like a history sleuth – taking on the role of an accomplished historian to thoroughly investigate a topic by determining the topic’s significance, chronology, turning points, differing viewpoints and overall impact on cultural, political, economic and social outcomes.

Each student researcher is encouraged to present their own position on the topic, in addition to choosing a presentation format, such as a website, paper, performance, documentary film or an exhibit. The entire process takes a year of preparation and culminates in national competition over the summer.

After placing in the top two at the state level, the New Vistas students, under the supervision of Stacey Trepanier, perfected their projects.

They included Amal Fayad, who researched First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and performed an original soliloquy entitled “First Lady of the World”; Drew Devine, who researched the negotiating skills of James Donovan in arranging the exchange of a Soviet prisoner for the return of captured U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in 1962; Shray Patel, who studied Ronald Reagan’s faceoff with Mikel Gorbachev to end the Soviet Union.

Other students included Labeeq Qasim, who produced a documentary on the life of Nelson Mandela; and Kailani Rabo and Yatee Kapor, who entered the group documentary category with their film on the conflict over voting rights in Selma, Alabama.

New Vistas alumni also journeyed to compete under Trepanier’s direction. Hannah Tsay presented his website, “Activism Through Art,” examining the artwork of Vann Nath, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide of the 1960s.

Students Daniel Wu and Humza Chodhury built exhibits focusing on Cold War spy Aldrich Ames and the Magna Carta, respectively. In the documentary category, Kadin Rabo competed with an original film on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a group documentary entry by Josh Karlin, Logan Kraver and Grant Trepanier analyzed the conflict of the Sudanese Civil War and its impact on the youth of Sudan.

Hannah Tsay was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities Da to spend the day on the Capitol Hill meeting with Arizona’s members of Congress. Josh Karlin, Logan Kraver and Grant Trepanier were selected to have their documentary showcased at the African American History Museum.

New Vistas Center for Education, named a Top Ten School by Johns Hopkins University CTY and Top Science and Engineering School by Intel, Helios and other tech companies, was founded in 1979. It is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave.

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