YOUNGSTOWN — Ursuline High School student Sophia Alleman recently found herself on the right side of history.
Alleman competed in the National History Day contest on June 14-20, and was awarded second place and honored with the Next Generation Angels Award for excellence in historical filmmaking.
The competition took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alleman joined more than half a million students globally who completed projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website.
She created a documentary project titled “FDR and REA: Bringing Light and Power to Rural America.” Her documentary will be made available on the National History Day website and on filmmaker Ken Burns' website.
After completing a project, students competed in a series of contests beginning at the local level. The top students from all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; U.S. territories; and international schools were invited to compete in the national contest.
“To make it to the national contest in a normal year is a remarkable achievement,” NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn said in a news release. “Given the added challenges facing students because of the coronavirus and nationwide school closures, I am even more impressed by what they have done this year.”
More than 300 historians and education professionals served as judges for the students’ work, and as with all other aspects of the contest this year, the judging was conducted remotely online.
More than 100 students from across the country were awarded cash prizes between $500 and $2,000 each for their work in particular judging categories.