Several Groton students who attend Applewild School in Fitchburg received recognition at the National History Day west and central regional finals held March 1 at Quabbin High School in Barre.

All eighth-graders at Applewild School participate, creating projects in a variety of group and individual formats including websites, documentaries, exhibits and performances.

The theme of this year's competition was "Rights and Responsibilities in History." The projects must meet specific rules and guidelines and must be accompanied by a process paper and a thorough annotated bibliography.

Eighty-three percent of Applewild eighth-graders earned recognition for their work this year.

All first- and second-place winners move on to the state level competition on April 5 at Stoneham High School.


In the front row, from left, Miles Barker, along with his partner Brett Chapdelaine of Hollis, NH (not pictured) won second-prize for their exhibit on "Bushido: The Code of the Samurai"; Daniel Sullivan won first-place with his website on "The 1972 Olympics: The Darkest Day in Olympic History"; and Aiden Zinck won first-prize with his documentary on "The Roma Porajmos: A People Without Rights." In the back row, from left, Jacob Brewster won second-place for his website on "The Second Amendment: The Right and Responsibility to Bear Arms"; Jack Horsman, along with his partner Anthony Mitchell of Fitchburg (not pictured) won first-prize with their website on the "Cuban Missile Crisis: conflicting Rights and Responsibilities"; and Neil Swain, along with his partner Jamie Aciukewicz of Harvard (not pictured), won second-place with their group documentary on The Geneva Conventions relating to "Treatment of Enemies: A Useless Concept?"