Advancing to the National Contest at NHD


This achievement marks the first time Taiwanese students have competed in the international
competition held annually in College Park, Maryland (United States)
Edmund, Shaun, and Sarina (from left to right). Ms. Gillette and Ms. Baldwin

April 2020, New Taipei City, Taiwan: Three students at the Asia American International Academy located in the Linkou District of New Taipei City, Taiwan have won first place in their respective categories, advancing to the National Contest for National History DayⓇ. This achievement marks the first time that Taiwanese students will compete in the National Contest.

Edmund Tsai and Shaun Chen, ninth-grade students, won first place for their Senior Group Website “Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: The Successes and Failures of Cold War Diplomacy” under the guidance of their teacher Sharon Gillette and eighth-grader Sarina Tsai won first place in the Junior Group Website for “How Diplomacy Helped End the Pig War” under the guidance of her teacher Lindsey Baldwin at the NHD Korea Affiliate Contest. Asia American International Academy in Taiwan joined the NHD Korea Affiliate in 2020.

“The competition was considerable this year for NHD Korea, as we saw participation of nearly 500 students from 23 schools,” shared NHD Korea Affiliate Coordinator James Kowalski. “The fact that Sarina, Edmund, and Shaun won first place in their respective categories is an incredible accomplishment. We wish them all the best as they advance to the National Contest.”

National History Day is the foremost educational nonprofit focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for sixth through twelfth-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. Several thousand students across the United States and U.S. territories, and from programs in China, Korea, and South Asia will present their year’s worth of work at the 2022 NHD National Contest, which will be conducted remotely from the National Office in College Park, Maryland.

About National History Day® (NHD)

National History Day is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the Diana
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