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Savon Bracey, Kara Elder, Nichole Griep and Katherine Boener, from left, took top honors at the National History Day final competition in College Park, Md., this month.

Savon Bracey, Kara Elder, Nichole Griep and Katherine Boener, from left, took top honors at the National History Day final competition in College Park, Md., this month. (Courtesy of DODEA)

Five students from Department of Defense Schools in Europe won top prizes at the annual National History Day competition, which took place at the University of Maryland-College Park this month.

This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand in History.”

Savon Bracey, a seventh-grader at Bitburg Middle School in Bitburg, Germany, won the Department of Defense Education Activity State Junior Award for his performance on the 1960 Greensboro, N.C., sit-in. Savon also won the Jamestown Award for the best DODEA entry, which earned him a trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, Va.

Nichole Griep and Kara Elder, 11th-graders at Bitburg High School, won the Outstanding Entry on an International Theme award for their senior group documentary titled “Truth on the March — Emile Zola: Taking A Stand in the Dreyfus Affair.” The documentary is about a French Jewish military officer falsely charged with giving military secrets to the Germans in the late 1800s. They received a cash award of $5,000, which was presented by The History Channel.

Kelly Ivins-O’Keefe and Katherine Boener of the Naples American High School in Naples, Italy, won the Irish History Award for their exhibit, “Micial O’Coileain.” The seventh-graders shared a $500 prize.

The competition judges reviewed more than 3,000 entries.

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