WESTPORT — A number of local high school students won awards at the recent Connecticut History Day State Contest at Central Connecticut State University.

Students who had previously finished in the top three at one of six regional contests around the state were eligible to participate in state-level contest, where 81 schools were represented. Students placing first or second in their category at the state contest are eligible to represent the state at the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in June.

The following Westport students were winners:

Individual Documentary: First place, “Immigration Policy 1960s,” Matthew Gibson, Staples High School; second place, “Langston Hughes,” Peri Kessler, Staples High School

Individual Performance: Second place: “Alexander the Great: Relentless, Formidable and Influential Conqueror of the Ancient World,” James Gikas, Staples High School

Group Exhibit: Third place, “Street Art,” Sarah Sherts, Bianca Lotti and Monique Ostbye, Staples High School

Individual Exhibit: Second place, “Operation Ajax: 1953 Iranian Coup,” Juliana Beal, Staples High School

Outstanding Entry Related to Civics, Government or Citizenship, awarded by Connecticut Public Affairs Network and Connecticut’s Old State House: Senior Group Website “The Exchanges, Encounters, and Explorations of Brown v. Board,” Hannah Rosemme and Gabriela Vega, Staples High School