Sixteen students from Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) were named finalists in the city for their entries at the 22nd annual El Paso History Day.
This year, the event was held as a virtual competition, drawing entries from 140 students hailing from more than 200 high schools and middle schools in the region.
In addition, nine YWLA finalists are advancing to the Texas History Day state tournament that takes place in late April – they are Angelina Apodaca, Anabella Arias, Brenda Bralich, Zipporah Gomez, Nicole Loy, Sofia McMahon, Natalie Moses, Alyssa Ochoa, and Allison Soto.
El Paso History Day is organized by UTEP. Students choose historical topics related to a theme – this year’s theme was Communications in History – and conduct extensive research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.
After analyzing, interpreting, and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work to panels of professional historians and educators in five categories: Exhibit, Paper, Website, Performance, and Documentary.
The competition enables students to learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills; research and reading skills; oral and written communication and presentation skills; self-esteem and confidence; and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.
In addition, YWLA teacher Peter Bralich was awarded the El Paso County Historical Commission Award for Outstanding Teacher Dedication to History Day, which is sponsored by the El Paso County Historical Commission.
The 16 YWLA student finalists are listed below:
Senior Group Documentary: Anabella Arias and Brenda Bralich
Senior Group Exhibit: Allison Soto and Natalie Moses
Senior Individual Exhibit: Angelina Apodaca
Senior Individual Website: Nicole Loy
Senior Group Exhibit: Zipporah Gomez and Sofia McMahon
Senior Individual Exhibit: Alyssa Ochoa
Senior Individual Paper: Nicole Marin
Senior Individual Website: Ashley Leyva
Senior Group Exhibit: Alicia Chavez and Fernanda Rios
Senior Individual Paper: Ibana Delgado
Senior Individual Exhibit: Ydaliz Lopez
Senior Individual Website: Arianna Espino