Holy Trinity students advance in National History Day competition

LACONIA — Selected students from Holy Trinity School seventh and eighth grade classes each won first place awards in the states National History Day competition, qualifying them to move on to the national competition next month in Washington, D.C.

Holy Trinity Junior High students Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau, Dominique Bolduc, Allison Jope and Sam Cooney performed a play entitled "Yoder v. Wisconsin: Denied Rights and Failed Responsibilities" which they wrote, choreographed and designed the set to re-enact that landmark Constitutional case involving conflicts between education and the Amish's rights to freedom of religion, securing the 1st place for best theatrical group presentation.

Seventh graders Cheyenne Wright, Christina Beane and Brigid Hosmer created a documentary entitled "To Pledge or Not to Pledge, That is the Question" about another landmark U.S. Supreme Court case centered on freedom of religion conflicts with a school's mandatory flag salute, also securing first place for best documentary.

The two groups will now compete at nationals hosted by the University of Maryland June 15–19, and are fundraising to cover the cost to attend nationals. Anyone interested in contributing to support their success is urged to email Karen Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send checks payable to "HTS" to 50 Church Street, Laconia, NH Attn. NHD.

The students will host a bake sale at St. Andre Bessette Parish churches after all masses the weekend of May 10-11, as well as a car wash/hot dog sale at AutoServ in Tilton on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CAPTION — (back row): Sam Cooney, Christina Beane, Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau (front row) Allison Jope, Brigid Hosmer, Dominique Bolduc, Cheyenne Wright, with HTS Teacher Karen Sullivan who received NH's "History Teacher of the Year" at the 2013 National Competition. (Courtesy photo)