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Students advance to state history contest

By Staff | Mar 13, 2014

Eleven Sacred Hearts School students advanced out of the Maui District National History Day competition.

LAHAINA – Sacred Hearts School students triumphed at the Maui District National History Day competition held recently at Baldwin High School.

SHS students again dominated their junior category, with 11 students advancing to the state competition.

Nicole Slusser, Teisa Vehikite, Erin Tsue, Chanel Charbonnier, Brooke Whitehead, Stephanie Han, David Coulombe, Carter Stockham, Makena Cowan, Grace Devane and Dominic Donohue will head to Oahu on April 12 for the next stage in the competition.

History is a key part of the curriculum at Sacred Hearts School. Two-time “History Teacher of the Year” award winner Patty Wurst passes this passion for history on to all of her students.

Every child in the school has the opportunity to go on a field trip to the East Coast. The keiki walk the streets of Williamsburg with Jefferson and Paine; climb aboard the ships that brought settlers to Jamestown; celebrate Cornwallis’ defeat at Yorktown; eavesdrop on the founding fathers as they sign the Declaration of Independence; track down President Lincoln’s killer; relive the pain of the Holocaust in Washington, D.C.; welcome Ellis Island’s “poor, tired, and hungry;” and walk the Freedom Trail in Boston.

Wurst said that once students get the “history bug,” they never lose their passion for it.

Sacred Hearts School is accepting applications now for the 2014-15 school year. Go to www.sacredheartsschool.net to print out an application or call 661-4720.