FITCHBURG -- Three recently graduated eighth-graders from Applewild School in Fitchburg won national honors at the National History Day finals held this month in College Park, Md.

Anthony Mitchell, of Fitchburg, and his partner, Jack Horsman of Groton, received recognition as the Best Junior Division (grades 6-8) Group Website in the state of Massachusetts. Their website was entitled "Conflicting Rights and Responsibilities During the Cuban Missile Crisis."

Also honored was Daniel Sullivan, of Groton, who was a national finalist (#14) in the Junior Individual Website category for his project on "The 1972 Munich Olympics: The Darkest Day in Olympic History."

The boys' history teacher at Applewild School is Robert Jones.

National History Day is a yearlong academic program focused on historical research for sixth- to 12th-grade students. Students from all 50 states and some foreign countries participate.

All Applewild eighth-graders create projects in a variety of categories, which are entered in the Central Mass. District competition in March.

Eighty-three percent of Applewild students qualified for the state competition held in Stoneham in April. All three of the Applewild students who qualified for the national competition received recognition at that level.