Five home-taught middle school students from Southport under the group name Pequot Homeschool -- Isabelle Altherr, Pierce Barry, Quinn Barry, Annabel Barry and Jaden Esse -- and teacher Alison Barry recently took first place in the "Website-Group" category of the annual Connecticut History Day competition's junior division.

The pupils won for their website called "Deceitful Diplomats: The British Policy of Appeasement and its Modern Day Consequences."

The event, held April 30 in Hartford simultaneously at Classical Magnet High School and the Connecticut Historical Society, fielded 345 middle-school and high school students from around the state in several different competitions, including papers, performance, websites and exhibits.

State competitors were identified from a pool of contestants at five regional contests throughout Connecticut. The competition involved students in grades six through eight for the junior division and grades nine through 12 for the senior division, with nine contest categories for each sector.

Many of the student projects will be on display at Connecticut's Old State House from June 11 until the end of August.

First- and second-place winners at the state competition advance to the National History Day Contest, set for June 15-19 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.