The National Contest seemed like an impossible goal for me when I first started competing in sixth grade. Now, as my sophomore year of high school is ending and I am making the trip to the National Contest for the second time, I realize what an impact that not only Connecticut History Day has had on me, but also the National Contest.
After not qualifying for finals this year, losing to the eventual winner of the entire category, I was heartbroken. I did come second in the room, earning me a top twenty finish, but I wanted to move on, to show my hard work, and of course, to win. After quite a few tears and some ice cream, I realized that it was not all about the win. This may sound cliché, but I realized that for five years of competition, the way that I measured my success was in winning. Not the skills I learned, the people I met, the advice I received, or being able to teach others about my passion, but a gold medal. Winning each time is impossible.
Lindsay Moynihan is junior at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut.