Guam Students Recognized During National History Day Events

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Guam – Shana Yang, a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School on Guam has been selected to display her National History Day project titled, “Chamorro Reactions to Health Reforms during the U.S. Naval Era,” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. 

Her project centered on the U.S. Naval Administration’s impact on Guam’s health care system following the cession of Guam to the United States after the Spanish-American War.

Two 8th grade students from Andersen Middle School, Artemia Perez and Harmony Palaganas, also received this award for their group documentary, “First Naval Era: Foundations of Americanization.”

They were in Washington, D.C., with several other students from Guam, to participate in the National History Day events.

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research for 6th to 12th grade students.

Guam Congresswoman madeleine Bordallo made the annoucnment saying: “I congratulate Shana Yang, Artemia Perez and Harmony Palaganas for working to promote Guam’s history and culture. As recipients of the ‘Outstanding State Awards,’ for National History Day, they have demonstrated exceptional research and a strong work ethic.”


[ Shana Yang, a student at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, joins her parents, Kevin and Chae Yang, in front of her project display at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, June 14]

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Guam Students Recognized During National History Day Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 15, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that Shana Yang, a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School on Guam, was selected to display her National History Day project titled, “Chamorro Reactions to Health Reforms during the U.S. Naval Era,” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Her project centered on the U.S. Naval Administration’s impact on Guam’s health care system following the cession of Guam to the United States after the Spanish-American War.

Shana received the National History Day’s “Outstanding State Award” for her project. Two 8th grade students from Andersen Middle School, Artemia Perez and Harmony Palaganas, also received this award for their group documentary, “First Naval Era: Foundations of Americanization.” They were in Washington, D.C., with several other students from Guam, to participate in the National History Day events. National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research for 6th to 12th grade students.

“I congratulate Shana Yang, Artemia Perez and Harmony Palaganas for working to promote Guam’s history and culture,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “As recipients of the ‘Outstanding State Awards,’ for National History Day, they have demonstrated exceptional research and a strong work ethic. The National History Day program works to engage young students in history and help them learn more about various issues not often covered in class. Again, I commend Shana, Artemia and Harmony on their accomplishments, and I encourage more of our students to get involved in this program.”