LCDS Student Wins National History Day Competition

Loudoun Country Day School’s Grace Hawkins beat out more than 20 students from Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties to win the National History Day Individual Documentary Award at the regional level.

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research and interpretation students from sixth to 12th grades. The competition draws more than a half-million submissions from the U.S., U.S. territories, South Korea, South Asia and China. Hawkins now moves to the Virginia state competition this Saturday, April 27. The National Contest takes place June 9-13 at the University of Maryland.

Hawkins’ documentary explores the story of 10-year-old Samantha Smith, who in 1982 wrote a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in 1982 pleading for peace, resulting an unexpected invitation from Andropov to visit the Soviet Union.

“I was inspired by Samantha’s life and work, and I was able to tell her story by combining aspects of two of my favorite classes at LCDS—civics and STEM,” stated Hawkins. Find out more about the contest at

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