TKA Students Triumph at State NHD Competition

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Students at The King’s Academy excelled at the National History Day state contest held last week. National History Day is a yearlong program that turns students into historians as they explore local, state, national and world history. In April, 24 TKA students advanced in regional competition to the state level. The state-level competition featured 1044 competitors from across the state competing against each other. The King’s Academy is excited to announce that two teams from the school ranked in the top three in the state and will advance to the national competition at the University of Maryland in June. Sophomores Julia Lubitz and Amanda Mickler placed 1st in the State for the Website division, with their project entitled “Zeal of the Broken: ZOB Resilience and Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto.” TKA Juniors Madison Evasius, Tyler Chin-Lenn, and Mikayela Smith placed 3rd in the State for their website titled “The Forgotten Tragedy of Japanese-American Internment.” TKA students William Hou ‘19, Olivia Cunningham ’20 and Calla Giallambardo ’24 were finalists. The King’s Academy had the most participants in the competition from Palm Beach County. Competitors included students from private, charter, public and homeschool students, with many schools having participated for numerous years. This is only TKA’s second year participating in the program.

Through the competition, students are encouraged to choose a topic that matches their personal interests. King’s students completed months of research, analyzed and interpreted their sources and arrived at conclusions in order to develop a well-thought-out thesis and create a product to highlight their findings. This year’s theme was “Triumph and Tragedy.” Students presented their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

Students were not the only representatives from The King’s Academy recognized. King’s high school history teacher and the school’s National History Day Coordinator, Mrs. Nikki Berger, was selected as Florida’s History Teacher of Merit for 2018-2019. This award was presented by Florida’s Secretary of State, National History Day, Florida History Day and the Florida Historical Museum. Florida Secretary of State, Laurel M. Lee, praised Mrs. Berger’s passion for history education and commitment to academic excellence. Mrs. Berger’s experience with the National History Day program spans multiple years. Berger piloted NHD at TKA. Since starting the program in August 2017, Mrs. Berger has launched professional development opportunities for faculty and advocated for additional research tools and databases for teachers and students. Under her leadership TKA students have had success at the school, county and state competitions. Mrs. Berger has assisted students who are talented artists, actors, film editors, writers, and even a majorette, deliver historical content and research in a way that was personal and tailored to the students’ skills and abilities.

The King’s Academy is a National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Education.  The private Christian school serves approximately 1,500 students from preschool through twelfth grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach County at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach and its satellite preschool campuses in Greenacres, Loxahatchee/Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and Royal Palm Beach. More information about The King’s Academy is available online at

TKA’s History Teacher and the school’s NHD Coordinator Mrs. Nikki Berger

First Place in Website – TKA Sophomores Julia Lubitz and Amanda Mickler

Finalists – Calla Giallombardo ’24 and Olivia Cunningham ’21

3rd Place in Website – TKA Juniors Mikayela Smith, Tyler Chin-Lenn and Madison Evasius