Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is very proud of the Thorner Elementary History Day team who recently won the National History Day Competition held at the University of Maryland in Washington D. C. In April, the five Thorner students, Alexis Hill, Max Barrera, Candace Maurer, Kaitlyn Hillis and Logan Eldridge, won the California History Day Competition in Riverside to advance to the national competition and represent our State.
At the Washington D.C. competition, their first challenge was making it past dozens of other teams in the first round. They outperformed the competition and moved on to the finals. After their performance in the final round the team had to wait a day to learn that they had outperformed all their competition and would be going home champions!
For their presentation on the subject of Japanese Internment, the students conducted eight months of extensive research, then put together their 10 minute group performance. Next they began endless hours of rehearsal and refining with their coaches, Germaine “Gigi” Maurer and Lisa Barrera, who worked alongside them they whole way. Ms. Maurer explained exactly what they were up against, “The fact that these sixth graders won national championship is very impressive, but what you may not realize is that they beat seventh and eighth graders in the process of becoming National Champs!”
Upon their victorious arrival home, they were honored at the June 24 meeting of the BCSD Board of Education and received certificates of accomplishment for their success.
We applaud the students and their coaches on their hard work, dedication and perseverance.