Sasha Allen

Central Middle School seventh-grader Sasha Allen will join Minnesota’s team at the national history competition in Washington, D.C., in June.

A Central Middle School student will advance to the national history competition after placing second in the state competition, said a CMS teacher.

Seventh grader Sasha Allen took home second place for a documentary she made for the 2019 competition, titled "Turning the Tide: Glen Lake Sanatorium's Crusade to Conquer Tuberculosis," CMS teacher Karen Nelson wrote in an email to Eden Prairie News. Sasha will advance with other Minnesota winners to compete against other state teams at the national competition in Washington, D.C., on June 8-13.

Students compete in History Day competitions by researching a topic of their choice and creating a documentary, exhibit, performance or other presentation on their subject. Over 115 CMS students presented at a regional competition in March and 19 advanced to the state competition on May 4, Nelson wrote. 

Ten other CMS students received honorable mentions at the state competition:

  • Regan Lindholm and Bella Andrews, seventh grade, for junior group exhibit.
  • Emmanuel Edwards, eighth grade, for junior individual exhibit.
  • Kate Lee and Divya Manvikar, eighth grade, for junior group website.
  • Aadit Bhavsar and Mohit Agarwal, eighth grade, for junior group website.
  • Suchita Sah, eighth grade, for junior individual website.
  • Sophie Lunda and Srijani Datta, eighth grade, for junior group documentary.

Six students received prizes for their topics at the state competition. Adalyn Raney, Pearl Jain and Kira Gorilla won $100 for their performance about European history before 1914, titled "A Dance of Death;" Lalitha Gunturi and Jasmine Garry won $100 for their documentary about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire; and Sasha Allen won $200 for her documentary about the Glen Lake Sanatorium.

The competitions are part of CMS's advanced social studies program and part of a statewide program co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's history department and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.


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