Jennifer Lor, with teacher Susanne Hollingsworth at National History Day Competition in Washington D.C. Lor won first place and a $5,000 scholarship for her video on Civil Rights.
Washington D.C. — Minnesota students take top honors at National History Day competition. Students from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Chatfield and Grand Rapids area earned awards.
Research about the Civil Rights Movement, the political revolutions of 19th century Japan, and the development of anesthesia helped three Minnesota entries be selected as national champions at the 2012 National History Day competition. In addition, one student earned a full scholarship to Case Western Reserve University, one of only three scholarships available.
Awards were announced today, Thursday, June 14, in a ceremony at the University of Maryland just outside Washington D.C. In all, 18 entries from Minnesota won national honors where 63 Minnesota students joined almost 2,800 other students from across the nation in the week long competition.
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 2012 National History Day theme: “Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History.”
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.
Scholarship winners included Molly Nemer of Henry Sibley High School, West St. Paul, for her senior individual documentary, “Opening Levittown: Moving the First Black Family into America’s Second Suburb”
Nemer earned a full academic scholarship to Case Western Reserve University, one of three scholarships available and the only one that provides for a four year tuition.
The medal winners included first-place winner Jennifer Mailee Lor from Open World Learning Community in St. Paul, for her, senior individual documentary, “The Highlander Folk School.”
This video explained how the school was an influential training ground for Civil Rights leaders like Rosa Parks. Lor’s entry also received one of four $5,000 HISTORY Awards.
Grace Gardner of Cyber Village Academy, St. Paul, won first-place for her first-place in the junior individual exhibit for “Meiji Restoration.”
Melanie Blazar, Cassidy Yueh, and Halcyon Brown of Breck School, Minneapolis won first place in the junior group exhibit for “Power Over Pain: The Anesthetic Revolution.”
Anna Kleven, Nora Sylvestre, and Natalie Tufvesson of Seward Montessori, Minneapolis, won second place in the junior group documentary for “The Romanian Revolution.”
Austyn Kaye Otten, Kit Piepkorn, Hope Piepkorn, and Tomas Piepkorn of CHOF School, St. Paul, won second place in the junior group performance category for “Munsingwear: Revolutionizing your Unmentionables.”
Alexis Ihrig and Anisa Carlson of Lake Harriet Community School, Minneapolis, won second place in the junior group website category for “Operation Ajax: The Fall of Democracy, the Rise of Radical Islam.”
Tasha Holtman of South High School in Minneapolis place third for her research paper, “‘Nobody’s Business’?: American Child Protection Becomes a Public Responsibility.”
Ana Schaff of DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, place third in the senior individual website category for “The Freedom Rides of 1961.”
Other winners in the 4th to 12th place rage included Maggie Schmidt, a homeschooled youth from West St. Paul who won fourth place in the senior individual performance category for”Going Ballistic: The Case that Revolutionized the American Courtroom.”
Samuel Gearou and Joshua Gearou of Elk River High School, Elk River, placed fifth in the senior group exhibit for “New York Newsboys Strike of 1899.” This presentation also received the outstanding state entry award for the senior division.
Cara Meyer and Amelia Heusinkveld of Robbinsdale Middle School, Robbinsdale, placed sixth in the junior group performance category for “The Revolution of Silent Films to Talkies: How the Movie The Jazz Singer Reformed the Film Industry.” This presentation also received the outstanding state entry award for the junior division.
Abigail Norling-Ruggles of South High School, Minneapolis, placed seventh, in the senior paper division for “Radio Revolution: Communication Warfare in World War I.”
Caitlin Hansen of Chatfield High School, Chatfield, placed seventh in the senior individual exhibit for “The Flushing Remanstrance.”
Kellie Frost of Friedell Middle School, Rochester, placed 10th in the junior paper category for “The Estonian Singing Revolution: A Peaceful Reaction to a Violent History.”
Hannah Myers of Northland Community School, Remer, placed 10th in the senior individual performance category for “Martin Luther and the Reformation of the Catholic Church.”
Becky Norling-Ruggles, Frances Matejcek, and Grace Palmer of South High School, Minneapolis, placed 11th in the senior group documentary category for “Cold War in a Hot Place: CIA Intervention in Guatemala.”
Bridget Farrell, Joe Vitt, Morgan Lieske, and Neal Billig of DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, placed 12th in the senior group website category for “Armenian Genocide: “The Extermination of a Race” (http://36226370.nhd.weebly.com).
In Minnesota, 30,000 students from more than 250 schools participate in the program each year. For more information see the National History Day in Minnesota page on the Minnesota Historical Society’s website at http://education.mnhs.org/historyday.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The History Day in Minnesota program is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota. It is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.