ROCK HILL – With a unique blend of historical knowledge and creativity, nine Rock Hill Schools students will travel to College Park, MD in June to compete in the National History Day Contest. The following students placed 1st or 2nd in the statewide contest and qualify for the national event:

  • Leo Miller, Dutchman Creek Middle, historical paper, 1st in junior division
  • Garrett Shillingburg, Northwestern High, individual documentary, 1st in senior division 
  • Wyatt Grantham, Michael Lindsay, Justin Thomas, Saluda Trail Middle,  group documentary, 2nd in junior division
  • Rohit Sean Nampoorthiry, Dutchman Creek Middle, individual exhibit,  2nd in junior division
  • William Ayer, Benjamin Jackson, Northwestern High, group website, 2nd in senior division
  • Julia Breitkreutz, Northwestern High, individual performance, 1st in senior division

     Mi’Kela Lewis of Dutchman Creek Middle placed 3rd in the individual exhibit category. Grace Huffmon, of Northwestern High School, and David DeFrancesco of Saluda Trail Middle School were special award winners in their respective categories. 


     Each year nearly 3,000 students and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park for the week-long event. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, South Asia, and Central America. After spending months on project research and preparation, and competing at local and affiliate contests, these students are eager to show their hard work at the National Contest.