Rivermont students not only study history - they make history!  For the first time since 2001, four Rivermont students will compete at the national level of the National History Day contest.  Though Rivermont students have often been named alternates to the event, this year the teams of Christopher & Christine Mbakwe and Meghana Pagadala & Joann Weeks will be among 24 students representing Iowa at the national competition in June!  Each year, more than half a million students participate in the NHD contest.  The program makes history come alive, engaging youth in hands-on discovery of the experiences of the past.  More than five million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine, and countless other disciplines where they put into practice what they learned through NHD.

At the state level of the competition, held in Des Moines on April 26th, the team of Christopher & Christine Mbakwe scored perfect marks, earning first place in their category, for their project Innovation of the Assembly Line: Man or Machine? The team of Meghana Pagadala & Joann Weeks won second place, as well as the Judges Choice award for their use of a primary source as media, with their project Picking Cotton and Picking Fights: Eli Whitney's Patent Problems.  Both teams will compete against 2,500 of their peers from across the globe at the University of Maryland in June.  In addition, the students' hard work will benefit their peers at Rivermont.  As a prize for second place in the overall school category, Rivermont was presented with two books for their library!

For additional information on the National History Day program,

visit www.nationalhistoryday.org 


For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate contact Cindy Murray at

(563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or murray@rvmt.org 

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