Five Minnesota entries took home medals, including one first-place, at the 2014 National History Day awards ceremony, held today at the University of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.
Sixty Minnesota students joined almost 2,900 other students from across the nation in the week-long competition. In addition to the medal-winning entries, 10 other Minnesota entries earned honors as national finalist projects.
The students, representing grades six through 12, from schools around the state, presented exhibits, papers, documentaries, performances and websites that showed off months of research into topics based on the 2014 National History Day theme,”Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
Research about the safety of children during the bombing of London during World War II, the history of Japanese internment camps, and the environmental legacy of the Love Canal dispute are examples of the topics studied by Minnesota entries selected as national medal winners.
“Minnesota History Day students continue to earn national recognition as they build advanced research and presentation skills with the support of educators from the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota,” explained History Day state coordinator Tim Hoogland.“Students throughout the state meet required social studies standards through History Day, and our very best entries get to compete on a national stage each June.”
The top three national finishers in each category earn monetary awards. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500 and third place receives $250. National History Day also recognizes one outstanding state entry in each division, junior and senior, with a medal.
Top-three award winners:
• Tasha Holtman, South High School, Minneapolis, First Place, Senior Paper — “A Covert from the Tempest: Responsibility, Love and Politics in Britain’s Kindertransport.”
• Samara Kroeger, Highland Park Sr. High School, St. Paul, Second Place — Senior Individual Website, “Toxic Time Bomb: Love Canal, Superfund, and the Establishment of Environmental Rights and Responsibilities.”
• Mary Jo Dalsin, St. Wenceslaus School, New Prague, Third Place — Junior Individual Documentary, “Japanese Internment Camps: Rights, Responsibilities and Reparations.”
• Terra Sikorski, Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake, Third Place — Junior Individual Exhibit, “Ryan White: A Boy Without Rights Changes a Nation.”
• Ariana Lopez, Nhi Tran, Megan Holub, Mankato West High School, Third Place — Senior Group Website, “Eugenics and Sterilization Laws in the US.”
Other top 10 finishers from Minnesota:
• Allison Ackerknecht, Kari Breuer, Margaret Philippi, Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake, Fourth Place — Junior Group Exhibit, “The Americans With Disabilities Act.” This presentation also received the outstanding state entry award from Minnesota for the junior division.
• Cedar Thomas, Allison Cramer, St. Louis Park High School, Fourth Place — Senior Group Website, “Lewis Hine and the NCLC: Viewing Child Rights Through a Different Lens.”
• Bjorn Holm, Sam Dale-Gau, Eli Sage-Martinson, Open World Learning Community, St. Paul, Fifth Place — Junior Group Documentary, “The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War.”
• Nick Reed, Jackson County Central High School, Fifth Place — Senior Individual Performance, “The Day God Got Kicked out of School: Abington School District vs. Schempp and the Redefinition of Rights and Responsibilities in American Classrooms.” This presentation also received the outstanding state entry award from Minnesota for the senior division.
• Sabrina Brown, Anna Lee, Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake, Sixth Place — Junior Group Web Site, “Korematsu v. United States.”
• Jocie Coffler, Lake Harriet Community School, Minneapolis, Seventh Place — Junior Individual Performance, “The Right to Life: Ann Bilansky’s Influence on Minnesota’s Death Penalty Laws.”
• Madhav Singh, Ben Anderson, Luke Peichel, Barton Open School, Minneapolism Eighth Place — Junior Group Website, “Building India’s Independence on Pillars of Salt.”
• Yaneira Calderon Rodas, Carolina Gomez Diaz, Chaska Middle School West, Ninth Place — Junior Group Performance, “Lewis Hine: Letting Children Be Children.”
• Jordan McGinty, Sydney Mischke, Buffalo Middle School, Tenth Place — Junior Group Documentary, “Tragedy in the Factory: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.”
• Kashia Yang, Washington Secondary Complex, St. Paul, Tenth Place — Senior Individual Website, “Japanese-American Internment: The United States, Responsible for Loss of Citizen’s Rights.”
In Minnesota, 25,000 students from over 250 schools participate in the program each year. For information see the National History Day in Minnesota page on the Minnesota Historical Society’s website at http://education.mnhs.org/historyday.
The National History Day in Minnesota is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.
Program support is also provided by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.