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Conway Students Advance to National History Day Competition

Two 9th grade students at Conway Junior High School will represent the district in the 2021 National History Day Competition.

9th Grader Ellie Feng received two awards, first place in her division and the Military History Prize, for her Senior Division Historical Paper, "Genevieve Grotjan: The Woman that Revealed the Key to Understand Japanese Communication During WWII." 

9th grader, Mikayla Arbeene took first place in the Senior Division for her individual exhibit, "Executive Order 9066: Presidential Communication that Exacerbated Anti-Asian Prejudice in America."

These awards at the Arkansas State History Day Competition qualify both students for National History Day.

10 students from Conway Junior High School and 1 from Conway High School competed at the State level competition.

History Day Advisors Jennifer Barnett and Justin McEntire are quick to give praise to these outstanding students.

"Both Ellie and Mikayla have worked hard all year on their projects," says Barnett. "Mikayla did a complete overhaul after the regional competition to include the current anti-Asian prejudice in America today. Ellie worked really hard to make the necessary revisions to her paper before the state competition. Both girls continued to work right up until the due date in hopes of making it to the national competition. Their hard work definitely paid off."