ETHS students (from left) Eli Cohen, Laila Sauer, and Sasha Ekman were honored May 31, 2015 by the Chicago Metro History Fair. Photo submitted by ETHS

 Three students from Evanston Township High School were recognized at the 2015 Finalists Awards Ceremony of the Chicago Metro History Fair. ETHS junior Eli Cohen and freshmen Sasha Ekman and Laila Sauer were honored for projects submitted as part of the National History Day competition with the theme “Leadership and Legacy.”

 Eli was recognized as a National History Day Finalist for his project called “City in a City: Segregation in Chicago” in the website category. Sasha received the Bret Jong Hoffman-Dana Award for Asian-American History for her exhibit on Japanese-American internment and the Legacy of Clara Breed. Laila received the Loyola University Urban History Award for her exhibit titled “Parks and Recreation: the Leadership and Legacy of Jens Jensen.” ETHS History/Social Science teacher Michael Pond sponsored the students.

Laila’s was one of two individual exhibits selected from a pool of nearly 20,000 projects to represent Illinois at the National History Day competition to be held at the University of Maryland in June.