Two students from the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor have been honored after placing 2nd in their division for National History Day at the University of Maine. The 2 girls who competed in the state wide competition were Sophia Anderson and Gaia Daul.

Photo Cindy Thurston

This year's theme was "Conflict and Compromise in American History" and the girl's project was entitled "Race in Space". Their project was about the 5 African-American female mathematicians who were integral in NASA's first mission to the moon and inspired the book and movie "Hidden Figures".

Anderson and Daul received 2 medals at the competition. One was 2nd place in their division (Junior Group Exhibit) and the other was the Innovation In History Award - Honorable Mention from the Lewiston Museum. As such, they have been invited to the Lewiston Museum to participate in the Maine Innovation Expo on May 19th. The Expo celebrates creativity, spirit, ingenuity and innovation in Maine. It brings local and state-wide businesses together with talented students to showcase the wide range of innovative work and play across the state.

Additionally they have also been invited to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland June 10-14.

They have also been chosen to be the State of Maine representative and display their project  on June 13th The Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington DC

Lynne O'Hara, the Director of Programs for National History Day commented on Sophia and Gaia's project "Your student's project was identified for its superior quality and relevance as befitting this special recognition."

Thanks to Cindy Thurston for the information.