A number of Yolo Middle School entries in the annual National History Day competition will advance to the state competition after strong showings at the Stanislaus County event.

The competition this year is being judged via a virtual format.

“Breaking Barriers in History” is the theme of the 2019-20 competition.

The Yolo team of Shakty Artea Guzman, Mia Quevedo and Emani Ware placed first with their project, “Breaking Barriers in Finance: The Bank of Newman.”

The team of Reagan Matthews, Drew Felber, Sky Felber, Madison Beach and Humberto Hernandez placed second in the county competition with “Breaking Barriers in Social Stereotypes: The Newman Women’s Improvement Club.”

Third-place honors went to the team of Eduardo Baeza, Kyle Johnson, Madison Baretta, Nathan Vargas and Jacob Lewis, whose project was entitled “Yancey Lumber: Breaking Barriers of Isolation.”

Connie Tello also earned a third-place award with “Breaking Barriers in Medicine: Elizabeth Blackwell.”

Honorable mention went to Ramiro Beltran Pelayo, Eric Tualla, Judah Davis and Leo Juarez for their presentation, “Breaking Barriers in Central California: The Simon Newman Co.”