LAHAINA - Their faces showed it. You could hear it in their voices. The atmosphere was alive with it: enthusiasm! Students from all over Maui recently came together at Baldwin High School to show their enthusiasm for world history.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." This was plainly evident in the wonderful projects the students created for the Maui History Day competition.
Entrants in two age groups - juniors (grades 6-8) and seniors (grades 9-12) - competed in this exciting nationwide contest.
After winning awards at the Maui History Day contest, Sacred Hearts School students qualified for the state competition on April 20 on Oahu.
Sacred Hearts students excelled at the event, having more than half of all the winning projects in the junior category.
The following Sacred Hearts students advanced to the Hawaii State Competition on April 20 on Oahu: sixth-graders Isabella Lallo, Jolie Jenkins, Stephanie Han and Dakota Delos Reyes; seventh-graders Erin Tsue, Krizhna Bayudan, James Caputo, Carter Stockham, Summer Macedo and Nicole Slusser; and eighth-grader Kamryn Perry.
In addition, Carter Stockham won the Proteolinda Farm Award, an honor given for projects that demonstrate the significance of agriculture in history.
History is an important 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.
Wurst summed up her feelings by saying, "History helps us keep our humanity. How can you know where you're going if you don't know where you've been?"
Once students get the "history bug," they never lose their passion for it, she said.
Many of Wurst's former students have gone on to compete in History Day as high school students. These alumni were among the winners at the district contest.
Students competing in the state competition will try to advance to the national contest in June.
Registration for the 2013-14 school year is now open at Sacred Hearts School. The school is offering a discount for those who register by March 15; multi-child discounts are also available.
Call the school at 661-4720 or stop by the office for more information.