Eight Carbon High Students Compete at National History Fair


Pictured top to bottom, left to right: Luke Hansen, Mr. Chris Sweeney, Brian Hobbs, Rhiannon Bradley, Adam Bone, Abigail Layton, Zoey Kourianos, Katie Snow and Mersedez Clifford.

By Vanessa Snow

In June, eight students represented Carbon High School at the National History Fair in College Park, Maryland.

This year’s theme was Leadership and Legacy in History with many students choosing well-known leaders to more personal heroes as their topics.  Brian Hobbs, Rhiannon Bradley and Adam Bone competed in the senior group documentary category with their documentary “The Legacy of Influence.” Abigail Layton created a website titled “Stephen Hawking: His Legacy Through Science.” Katie Snow, Mersedez Clifford and Zoey Kourianos wrote and acted in a dramatic performance titled, “Otto Von Bismark and the Unification of Germany.”  Finally, Luke Hansen became a national finalist with his website titled “The Crusade of Utah Microbiologist Joseph E. Greaves.”

Not only did they compete at the University of Maryland, they were also able to visit several historical sights in and around Washington, D.C., including Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Capitol Building, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and Ford’s Theater. They traveled to the Smithsonian Museums and the National Archives where they saw the original United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence. This was a wonderful opportunity for these students to represent Carbon County and the State of Utah.

Participants would like to thank Chris Sweeney, the faculty advisor, and the following sponsors for making this once in a lifetime experience possible: Banasky Insurance, Canyon Fuel Company, Castleview Hospital, Joy Global, the Mike Metzger Team, Price Auto Group, Price Mine Service, Tony Basso GM, Sherald’s, Tunex and United Central Industrial Supply.

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