5 CUSD students shine at state History Day event

Five Clovis Unified School District students earned top awards in the state's National History Day competition last weekend in San Jose. All five qualified to advance to the National Finals in Maryland next month.

Two high school students took first place. Sundeep Bekal of Clovis High won in the website category for his project on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Robyn Young of Buchanan High School won in the individual performance category for her project about Armenia.

Three high school students earned runner-up awards: Kaitlyn Sims of Buchanan High; and Aubriel Soghomonian and Samantha Bourbon, both from Clovis East. Those earning runner-up awards do not advance to the National Finals.

In the Junior division, Clovis Unified had three students advancing to the National Finals. Kristen Sims of Alta Sierra Intermediate won in the performance category on her project about the Normandy invasion of World War II; and Harsimran Bhandal and Christopher Rouillard of Granite Ridge Middle School won the website category for their Cuban Missile Crisis project.