Among the finalists in this year's National History Day competition about turning points was Julienne Sauer, a San Ramon, Calif., rising ninth-grader, who won first place in the National Endowment for the Humanities' individual exhibit junior division for her project about Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring." This year was the first in which the competition rewarded students who used Chronicling America, an online database of newspapers collected from 1836 to 1922.

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