September 7, 2016
Last spring, a foursome of South Pointe Middle School students earned state and national attention with their National History Day project titled “NASA’s Early Manned Missions” exhibit. The team of 8th grade boys even earned a trip to compete in Washington D.C. as California champions.
Recently, another South Pointe top team that competed during the L.A. County and California History Day events received accolades for their outstanding work.
Lauren Chen, Fiona Huang, Lindsay Kashiwabara, and Morgan Joe were honored for their documentary on the “Harlem Renaissance: A Revolution of Music and Literature.”
While conducting research, the girls had a unique opportunity to interview the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County president, Bobby McDonald.
He was so impressed with their professionalism and curiosity about the Harlem Renaissance that he requested to see their final product.
Upon viewing the documentary, he was thoroughly impressed by both the quality of the video and the depth of their research.
“He was moved by the fact that students chose to honor Black History and thought it was appropriate to pay tribute to them at the annual banquet,” explained social studies teacher Kevin Duh.
The group of girls, who are now 9th graders, spoke to the crowd of 500 guests during the celebration held at the Disney Hotel on August 20.
Each team member received prestigious county and the state awards.
Additionally, the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County presented a generous $500 scholarship to each student.
“I am incredibly proud of how the members of this group invested their time and energy to a historical event that is rarely discussed in the classroom. Lauren, Fiona, Lindsay, and Morgan went above and beyond in their project to highlight and honor African American’s contributions to art in pop culture of today. Their work ethic and dedication to excellence is rare to see at this age,” Duh said.'
By Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
Lauren Chen, Fiona Huang, Lindsay Kashiwabara, and Morgan Joe were recently honored for their documentary on the Harlem Renaissance by the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. SP History Day)