First Place: Siena Bianchi
Convent of the Sacred Heart, grade 10
TOPIC: How San Francisco’s Model of Care for the AIDS Crisis Revolutionized Pandemic Response (essay)
About Sienna: Siena Bianchi is a sophomore at Convent High School in San Francisco. As a wrestler, volleyball player, and runner, she spends most afternoons working out and trying to hit new PRs. On the weekends, she works at local farmer’s markets centered on probiotic and nutritional foods. Siena is a native San Franciscan and has been a Convent student since 6th grade, where she now enjoys studying humanities the most.
Second Place: Niamh Powell
Convent of the Sacred Heart, Grade 10
TOPIC: The Sanitary City (how San Francisco faced and overcame health-related challenges related to poor environmental cleanliness) – Multimedia Presentation
About Niamh: My name is Niamh (pronounced Neeve), and I am fairly new to the city, I moved here from the east coast about two years ago right before I started high school. Since I arrived, I have loved every second of being here, and truly believe that it is such an amazing and welcoming city. In my free time I enjoy playing sports. I play tennis, basketball, and lacrosse. I also like to watch sports on tv, including professional basketball and football. While I still love the Baltimore Ravens, I have come to also love the Warriors and 49ers as well. History has always been my favorite subject in school and this project was overall really fun to research and create.
Third-Place Winner: Emily Maremont
University High School, Grade 10
TOPIC: The 504 Sit-In: Story of Resilience, Compassion, and Creativity (essay)
About Emily: Emily Maremont is a sophomore at University High School in San Francisco, CA. Her writing has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation and The Knights and Daughters of Vartan. In 2022, she was a representative of San Francisco County at California National History Day. Additionally, she is an editor at jGirls+ Magazine.