Three Vancouver iTech Preparatory students are headed to Maryland in June 2019 for the National History Day competition. Ninth graders Abigail Andersen, Grant Myers and Trevor Bosman earned a spot after winning the senior group exhibit in the Washington state contest. Their project, titled “Pride Over Principle: The Nazis Behind NASA,” examines the link between the groups in the space race. The trio is the first from iTech Prep and Vancouver Public Schools to qualify for the National History Day competition.

Fellow iTech students Jonah Campbell, Clark Hegewald and Evan Gardner also merited honors at Washington History Day. The team of eighth-graders placed third in the junior group exhibit, researching Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, the work of Teddy Roosevelt and the creation of the FDA for their project, titled “Taming The Jungle: The Fight for Clean Food.”

Teacher John Zingale is both teams’ adviser.