Middle School students, representing six different civilizations, presented evidence about why they were the first (non-Native) explorers to discover America. During today’s presentation, we heard from the Japanese Komon Civilization (3,000 B.C.), Hoei Shin, a Chinese explorer from 451 A.D., Irish monks representing St. Brendan from 551 A.D., Leif Ericsson and the Vikings (1,000 A.D.), the Polynesians (1,000 A.D.) and Christopher Columbus and lawyers (1492 A.D.). The Senior class listened closely and took notes – they will be voting on their top choice tomorrow. Parents and teachers in attendance offered immediate feedback on who they thought presented the most compelling evidence. Congratulations, middle schoolers, on a job very well done!