ETHS freshmen Ben Weingarten (left) and Allison Grimsted at the Illinois History Fair state finals. Submitted photo

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Evanston Township High School freshmen Allison Grimsted and Ben Weingarten participated in the Illinois History Fair state finals in Springfield on May 8 and were recognized in the individual documentary category. Allison earned a “superior” ribbon at the competition for her project on the media’s role in the Rwandan genocide. Ben was selected to advance to the national fair at the University of Maryland for his film on the Chicago “L,” one of only 50 projects to advance to the national competition. 

More than 10,000 students participate in Illinois history fair competitions, said Michael Pond, ETHS history/social science teacher, who has coached the students in the competitions.