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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 3, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

35 Iowa students earn trip to National History Day national contest

(DES MOINES) – Thirty-five Iowa students who competed in Monday’s National History Day in Iowa Junior Division (grades 6-8) contest have advanced to the 2011 National History Day Contest in Maryland.

They join 34 other students from last week’s NHD in Iowa Senior Division (grades 9-12) contest who will represent Iowa at the 2011 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 12-16, 2011, at the University of Maryland.

The contingent of 69 Iowa students will compete against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, for scholarships and prizes.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2011 is “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in a variety of categories, including historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and Web sites. Students in grades 9-12 compete in the senior division while students in grades 6-8 compete in the junior division. Students in grades 4-5 may participate in the non-competitive Iowa Youth Division.

In addition to discovering the world of the past, the NHD program helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD program in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or millie.frese@iowa.gov.

 

Following are the NHD in Iowa Junior Division contest national qualifiers and alternates announced today:

(Category)
(Student(s))
(Title of Project)
(School)
(Community)
(Teacher(s))

Junior Historical Paper
Shuda Jarboe
Freedom of Speech: How Far Does It Go?
Johnston Middle School
Johnston
Kathy Paul

Kacey Hovden
Debate over Equality in the Workplace, Classroom, and Field
Le Mars Middle School
Le Mars
Jeanne Rust

Alternate: Emily Ahlers
Worldwide Diplomacy Changed By Dropping the Atomic Bomb: The Moral, Political, Military, and Scientific Debate
Le Mars Middle School
Le Mars
Jeanne Rust

Junior Individual Exhibit
Ansel Bare
The Black Hawk War of 1832: Failed Diplomacy Over Frontier Ownership
North Scott Junior High School
Eldridge
Chris Green

Helena Hansen
Pope Pius XII Response to the Holocaust: Fearful or Fearless?
Williams Intermediate
Davenport
Elizabeth Miller

Alternate: Mary Meis
Ruby Bridges and the Debate Over School Integration
Le Mars Middle School
Le Mars
Jeanne Rust

Junior Group Exhibit
Danika Tindall, Bailey Davis, Ann Hedlund
Wisconsin v. Yoder: Successful Debate of Freedom of Education
Akron−Westfield Community School
Akron
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard

Alex Bare, Allie Stutting
“Talvisota, Jatkosota, Lapinsota” Failed Diplomacy In Finland
North Scott Junior High School
Eldridge
Chris Green

Alternates: Olivia Pargeon, Alexa Dostal, Jessica Jacobs
Two Cultures One Land: Debate and Diplomacy over the Black Hills
North Tama Junior High School
Traer
Allison Freitag

Junior Individual Documentary
Matthew Parcher
Monte Cassino: Mission or Mistake
Northwood−Kensett Junior/Senior High School
Northwood
Deb Nagle

David Barker
Britain’s Abolition Debate: Ending the Vile Trafficking in Human Flesh
Le Mars Middle School
Le Mars
Jeanne Rust

Alternate: Lizzy Herrick
Treaty of Traverse des Sioux
Lincoln Central Middle School
EsthervilleJean Hoffman

Junior Group Documentary
Hannah Crooks, Sarah Henry
The Equal Rights Amendment: Success from Defeat
Summit Middle School
Johnston
Jessie Todd

Shana Hudson, Courtney Mithelman, Ruchi Shekar, Addy Pender
And The Wall Came Crumbling Down: Reagan’s Influence on the Berlin Wall
Johnston Middle School
Johnston
Kathy Paul

Alternates: Abbi Harding, Taylor Morris, Candy Heyer
Diplomacy Debacle: The Iran Hostage Crisis
Kirn Middle School
Council Bluffs
Deb Masker

Junior Individual Performance
Jessica Karolczak
Equality v. Superiority: The Ruby Bridges Story
St. Patrick’s School
Sheldon
Heather Davis, Christie Seivert

Anastasia Hoffer
The Debate of the SS St. Louis Leads to Tragic Consequences
Akron−Westfield Community School
Akron
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard

Alternate: Mary Korch
Barred from the Bar: Women vs. Legal Disabilities
Taft Middle School
Cedar Rapids
Shirley Jarzombek

Junior Group Performance
Cali Westergard, Hannah Koele, Desi Oltmanns, Jessen Wood, Lexi Hageman
Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: The Debate Between Wets and Drys
Akron−Westfield Community School
Akron
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard

Daniel Martinsen, Charlie Anderson, Jessica Hansen, Skyler Briggs, Makayla Swancutt
The Orphan Train Debate: Success and Failures Leading to Positive Consequences for All Children
Akron−Westfield Community School
Akron
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard

Alternates: Susan Pratt, Hannah Stone, Ellen Podhajsky
A Woman’s War: Debating the Roles of Civil War Women
Miller Middle School
Marshalltown
Lacinda Gillen

Junior Individual Web Sites
Ellen Meis
Tinker vs. Des Moines: Tinkering with the Limits of Student Rights
Le Mars Middle School
Le Mars
Jeanne Rust

Dayton Rand
The Annexation of Hawaii: A Debatable Decision
Le Mars Middle School
Le Mars
Jeanne Rust

Alternate: Linden Runels
Commission for Relief of Belgium: Herbert Hoover’s Food Diplomacy to Rehabilitate Europe
Harding Middle School
Cedar Rapids
Shannon Haas

Junior Group Web Sites
Jacob Kaufman, Gage Weber
Nuclear Standoff: Thirteen Days the World Held Their Breath
Kirn Middle School
Council Bluffs
Deb Masker, Gail Brow

Brenden Moore, Jackson Gereau
Garst and Krushchev: Peace through Agriculture and Diplomacy
Akron−Westfield Community School
Akron
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard

Alternates: Drake Schuring, Aric Luzum, Isaac Luzum
USA Boycotts the 1980 Summer Olympics
Decorah Middle School
Decorah
Janelle Keune, Wes Knaack

In addition, Deborah Nagle of Northwood-Kensett was named National History Day in Iowa Junior Division teacher of the year.

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