GREEN BROOK, NJ – On March 5, five Green Brook Middle School (GBMS) students participated in the National History Day (NHD) competition at Princeton University. Eighth graders Jason Allen, Annabell Pu, Katie Tan, Jack White, and Vivian Zhang were proud to represent the community as this year marked the first time GBMS participated in NHD.

NHD competition participants had the opportunity to document a historical event through performance art, a poster exhibit, a scholarly essay, creating a website, or making a documentary; the GBMS students created a documentary entitled “The Sixth Mass Extinction.”

Last Saturday's regional competition determined which students would compete in the state finals, set to take place in May and although the GBMS students made an impressive documentary, they were not chosen to move onto the state finals. While the outcome was not what they desired, the students learned so much in their research. It was an academic pursuit that challenged the students and taught them lessons they will carry forward for many years.

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(Editor's Note: Brian Mojta is a seventh grade social studies teacher at Green Brook Middle School.) 

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