San Gabriel Valley students won four awards, including two first-place honors, in a statewide history competition May 10-12 in Sacramento.
Entries in the annual History Day competition included papers, displays, slide presentations, performances and videotapes. The theme of this year's competition was "Science and Technology in History."
The competition was open to students in grades six to 12. Students in grades six to eight competed in junior division categories, and students in grades nine to 12 in senior categories.
Sarah Bateman, a sixth-grader at Wedgeworth Elementary School in the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District, won first prize in the junior division for a slide presentation on the history of frozen foods. Stacy Miyashiro, a ninth-grader at Wilson High School in the same school district, placed first in senior division competition for an oral presentation on the discovery of anesthesia.
Everett Chun, an 11th-grader at San Gabriel High School, won second place for his paper on the advancement of organic architecture. And Beth Hake, an eighth-grader at Gidley Elementary School in El Monte, won third place for a display board on the evolution and development of personal writing tools.
Entrants in the state contest earlier competed at school, district and county levels. First- and second-place winners in the state contest are eligible to enter the National History Day Competition, to be held in June at the University of Maryland.