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Four Decatur Classical School Students Advance to National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C.

Each year more than half a million students participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research and then present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The theme for this year's NHD is Rights and Responsibilities in History.

Decatur Classical a select-enrollment Chicago Public School located in the West Rogers Park  was proud to have 12 students compete at the History Fair state level on May 8 in Springfield, Ill. While Decatur Classical students have competed at the national level before, this is the first time in years the school saw four students advance to nationals.

The four students competing at NHD in Washington, D.C. are Casey Wangman for her performance of Jeannie Hodges Incognito A Revelation of Empowered Women in the Civil War; Olivia Fergus-Brummer for her performance of Irish Immigration Building a Cultural Legacy Above Oppression; and James Rockey and Joey Padmanabhan for their documentary The 1968 Democratic Convention The National Sage for Freedom of Expression.

Students who advanced to the state competition, in addition to the four moving onto nationals, included: Lauren Marut, Sadie Bunting, Julia Carlson, Eli O'Malley, Leah Aberman, Maansey Rishi, Sunny Eimar and Maiah Cabral.

About Decatur Classical School

Decatur Classical School is a select-enrollment Chicago Public School located in the West Rogers Park neighborhood that attracts students from all over the city. The school follows the Classical Education model where the school curriculum runs 1-2 years above grade level and follows the trivium pattern of learning. Decatur is consistently ranked as one of the top elementary schools in the state of Illinois by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine. For more information, visit

PHOT  Left to right: Joey Padmanabhan, James Rockey, Casey Wangman and Olivia Fergus-Brummer will be representing Decatur Classical School at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. June 15-19.

MEDIA:  For more information, please contact Kim Manning, Decatur Classical PTA vice president of public relations, at or 773.401.4346


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