Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Students Advance to Final Round at National History Contest

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Janene Zaccone

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2015) – Five Kentucky students advanced to the final round of competition and placed among the top 15 places in their respective divisions at the 2015 National History Day (NHD) contest in College Park, Maryland, June 14-18. One of them received a top award of a full college scholarship.


Four students from Lexington made it to the finals. They are:

─ Joanna Slusarewicz, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Senior Individual Documentary, “Pulling the Teeth: How a Collision between Leaders Left a Lasting Legacy on the Federal Banking System.”

─ Nicholas Imam, Winburn Middle School; Junior Individual Documentary, “Dr. Michael DeBakey: Pumping Innovation for the Future.”

─ Kevin Jing and Rehan Ghanta, Winburn Middle School; Junior Group Website, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Ideas that Shaped America.”


Slusarewicz was named best in state for senior division entries and received a full scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Jing and Ghanta also were named best in state among junior division entries.


One Louisville student advanced to the finals:


Catherine Bache, Kentucky Country Day School; Senior Individual Performance, “One Hundred Years and Counting: The Vision of Juliette Gordon Low.”


Lexington student Amir Abou-Jaoude, who attends Henry Clay High School, won the “Salute to Courage” award for Kentucky from The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The prize carries a paid trip to the museum to coincide with the opening of a new exhibit.


These students were among the 57 Kentucky students who advanced through competition in Kentucky to qualify for the national contest. Nearly 3,000 students from across the United States and several other countries competed at that level.


NHD is an academic program that promotes original historical research by students in grades six through 12 and helps students develop 21st century skills that can be used throughout their academic careers and beyond.


The Kentucky Historical Society coordinates NHD participation in Kentucky. For more information, contact Cheryl Caskey, or 502-564-1792.



The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit