Sterling School Student Earns National Recognition at National History Day Contest
Arnav Lal, an eighth grade student at Sterling School, has earned national recognition at the National History Day (NHD) Contest in Maryland. His project, Max Heller: Going Beyond the American Dream, was named Most Outstanding Project on the History of Immigration. As a part of his research, Lal interviewed the late Max Heller’s wife who told him for her birthday she “wanted him to bring home a prize for all his hard work on the project about her husband.” Happy Birthday, Mrs. Heller! Arnav is taught by his social studies teacher, Martha Bohnenberger.
NHD is a year-long academic program for elementary and secondary school students focused on the teaching and learning of history. A recent study by Rockman, et al found students who participate in NHD develop a range of college and career-ready skills, and have been shown to outperform their peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science, math and social studies. South Carolina students competed this year against more than 2,900 other students from the United States and International NHD Programs from American Samoa, Guam, China, Korea and South Asia.