The Indiana Historical Society has announced that a Zionsville student was among the top 10 in her respective category, and also received a special award at the National Contest for the National History Day program in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The prizes were announced during a ceremony June 13 at University of Maryland, College Park.

Sophia Winters, of Zionsville Middle School, took sixth place in the national competition for her junior individual documentary, "The Perfect Horse."

Five other Hooisers were also among the top 10 in their divisions.

National Contest, officials also choose one junior and one senior project as Indiana's outstanding state entries. This year, the Outstanding State Entry for the Junior Division went to Winters of Zionsville Middle School for her project.

The 2019 National Contest involved 3,000 students, and more than half a million students globally took part in the 2019 National History Day program. The students completed projects in one of five categories — documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website — and then competed in a series of contests beginning at the local level. Less than one percent of projects advanced to the national contest.

“I learn something new from these dedicated and passionate students every year,” said Dr. Cathy Gorn, NHD executive director. “Not only do they gain invaluable academic experience, but they become experts themselves in their topics. The adults involved learn stories and lessons from history they'd never known."

National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) is sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society. This year, 60 Hoosier students attended the National Contest, with 11 awards, prizes or honors awarded to Indiana projects and students. A complete list of 2019 NHD winners is available at

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