|Derek Carter of Joplin High School with sponsor Andy Ritter join two other state representatives who were selected as finalists in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park last June. They will be honored at the Missouri Humanities Awards ceremony on April 18, 2012, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Jefferson City.
Carter was awarded sixth place for his project, "Bitter Relations: the Camp David Accords and the Egypt/Israel Peace Treaty." Joining him are Riya Mehta of Pembroke Hill School who was awarded third place and Sophia Mauro of Barstow School who was awarded fifth place. Both are from Kansas City.
National History Day in Missouri, sponsored by the Western Historical Manuscript College at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the State Historical Society of Missouri, is a program that encourages young people to explore history, teaching them to understand historical issues, ideas, people and events. Participants conduct in-depth research on individual topics related to an annual theme and present their findings through an exhibit, performance, documentary, website or research paper. More than 2,500 Missouri students in grades 6-12 participate in local and regional competitions throughout the state on the theme "Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences," with more than 500 advancing to the state contest at the University of Missouri-Columbia every April. The winners then are eligible to compete on the national level.