Sycamore Ridge School students Henry Hou, Sophia Hu, and Ethan Leem were named runners-up in the Elementary Division Group Poster category at the 2019 National History Day California State Level Competition held in Sacramento in May. They tackled this year’s theme “Triumph & Tragedy in History” with their project called Salton Sea: The Astounding and Anomalous Accidental Sea. The team was previously named one of the five winners of the San Diego County National History Day Elementary Division Group Poster and was awarded the First Timer Award in March.

National History Day is a year-long educational program that encourages sixth through 12th grade students to explore local, state, national, and world history. Students select a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, conduct extensive research, analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topic’s significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. Over 1,500 students from 296 schools representing 27 counties participated in the California state contest this year. Learn more at