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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 4, 2012

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

33 Iowa students win National History Day in Iowa contest

Students advance to national contest at University of Maryland next month

DES MOINES – Thirty-three Iowa students took top honors in a statewide history contest this week and will represent Iowa at the National History Day competition next month at the University of Maryland.

The 33 students competed against nearly 270 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines. About 400 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the NHD in Iowa junior division contest Monday, May 7, 2012, also at the State Historical Museum.

Students advancing from the senior and junior division contests will compete against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, June 10-14, 2012, at the 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

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 2012 is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in the following categories: historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests in Des Moines.

In addition to helping students discover the world of the past, the NHD program helps them 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 is the list of NHD in Iowa senior division contest national qualifiers announced Monday:

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

Senior Historical Paper
Johnston
Shuda Jarboe
Cultivating a World Power: Deng Xiaoping’s Reform in China
Johnston Middle School
Kathy Paul

Nashua
Madeline Skilton
“Honey, I’m Home!”: Feminism and the Role of Women on Prime Time Television
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

Senior Individual Exhibit
Cedar Rapids
Abhinaya Gunasekar
Seneca Falls to Capitol Hill: Womens Rights Movements
Kennedy High School
Kevin Darrow

Eldridge
Taylor Beitzel
A Revolution to Cleanse Germany: The Handicapped Holocaust
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Senior Group Exhibit
Eldridge
Emily Bainter, Cydnie Carmody, Taylor Gehrls, Emma Hubner
Scattergood Hostel: Revolutionary Concept to Reform Lives of Refugees
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Nashua
Jeanne Edson, Katie Karels
Norman Borlaug: Humanitarian’s Hybrids Feed the Hungry
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

Senior Individual Documentary
Eldridge
Jenna Coe
Polio: People’s Reactions, Medical Reforms, Revolutionary Goal
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Estherville
Becca Lair
Raising the Hemline: The Miniskirt Revolution
Lincoln Central High School
Jean Hoffman

Senior Group Documentary
Decorah
Aidan Spencer, Clara Kittleson, Lydia Hayes
Social Freedom: A Debate Between Generations
Decorah High School
Janelle Keune

Eldridge
Dexter Golinghorst, Gretchen Mohr
Igniting Reaction, Prompting Reform: Iowa’s Revolutionary Refugee Resettlement Program
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Senior Individual Performance
Akron
Alec Heeren
The Easter Rising: A Failed Revolution with Positive Consequences
Akron−Westfield Community School
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard

Davenport
Danielle Baresel
Virginia Woolf: Reforming the Modern Novel Through Revolutionizing Feminism
Central High School
Gail Heninger

Senior Group Performance
Bettendorf
Lolly Telleen, Adam Dada, Grace Moran
Striking the Chains of Insanity
Rivermont Collegiate
Leigh Ann Schroeder

Marshalltown
Ellen Podhajsky, Hannah Stone, Susan Pratt
Carrie Chapman Catt: Leading the Woman’s Rights Revolution
Marshalltown High School
Susan Fritzell

Senior Individual Web Sites
Alta
Samantha Styler
The Stonewall Rebellion
Alta Community High School
Kirsten Doebel

Estherville
Bailey Adolph
der Berliner Mauer: The Soviet Union Reaction to the Allied Forces and East Germans
Lincoln Central High School
Jean Hoffman

Senior Group Web Sites
Johnston
Aditi Dinakar, Andrew Boge, Kaitlyn Aldrich, Sam Sparland
Keep it Simple Stupid: The Overarching Revolution of McDonald’s
Johnston High School
Sue Cline

Nashua
Stephanie Mulvey, Brittany Murphy
Model T: Changing Lives Then and Now
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

In addition, a list of NHD in Iowa senior division special award recipients follows:

(Special Award)
(Community)
(Category)
(Title)
(Student(s))
(School)
(Teachers)

Best in Social History (sponsored by: Anonymous Friend of NHD in Iowa)
Bettendorf
Senior Group Performance
Striking the Chains of Insanity
Lolly Telleen, Adam Dada, Grace Moran
Rivermont Collegiate
Leigh Ann Schroeder

Military History Award (sponsored by: Friends of NHD in Iowa)
Cedar Falls
Senior Individual Performance
There Are No Boundary Lines For Heroes. The U.S.S. Frank E. Evans and the Lost 74. Lest We Forget.
Hannah Ackerman
Cedar Falls High School
Margaret Ackerman

Best Pacific Islands/Australian History (sponsored by: Friend of NHD in Iowa)
Presented By: Camp Silos Award (sponsored by: Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area)
Council Bluffs
Senior Individual Web Sites
Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle: Reactions and Reforms
Molly Wirtz
St. Albert Jr.−Sr. High School
Donella Pauli

American Perspective (sponsored by: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum)
Des Moines
Senior Group Exhibit
Hear the Voices
Sarah Nguyen, Bree Elscott, Maryen Snyder, Sarah Bennett
Central Academy
Canada Snyder, Amy Finnegan

Best of Iowa (sponsored by: State Historical Society, Inc.)
Des Moines
Senior Group Documentary
The Fight for Food
Emma Buchanan, Megan Hopkins, Zoey Mauck, Joe Wandro
Central Academy
Canada Snyder, Amy Finnegan

History of the Holocaust Award (sponsored by: Iowa Jewish Historical Society)
Eldridge
Senior Individual Web Sites
“Freedom Begins With an Act of Defiance” Revolutionary Actions of the Bielski Partisans
Jacob Sikorski
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Leroy G. Pratt Award (sponsored by: Polk County Historical Society)
Presented By: Literature in History (sponsored by: Barnes and Noble Booksellers)
Eldridge
Senior Historical Paper
Revolutionary Rebel and Reformer: Upton Sinclair
Courtney Kuhl
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Best in Asian History (sponsored by: Anonymous Friend of NHD in Iowa)
Johnston
Senior Historical Paper
Cultivating a World Power: Deng Xiaoping’s Reform in China
Shuda Jarboe
Johnston Middle School
Kathy Paul

Outstanding Use of Primary Sources (sponsored by: Friends of NHD in Iowa)
Johnston
Senior Historical Paper
The Small Start to a Social Revolution: The Dockum Drug Store Sit−In
Abby Dockum
Johnston High School
Sue Cline

Best of Iowa (sponsored by: State Historical Society, Inc.)
Marshalltown
Senior Group Documentary
All We Ask Is Justice: Cedar County Cow War
Adam Willman, Isaac Medina, Jonathan Kirner
Marshalltown High School
Susan Fritzell

Outstanding Entry Related to Science and Engineering (sponsored by: Friends of NHD in Iowa)
Marshalltown
Senior Group Web Sites
Changing the Treatment of Tuberculosis: Revolutionizing Society’s Attitudes
Molly Major, Erin Woltjer
Marshalltown High School
Susan Fritzell

Country Schoolhouse Heritage Award (sponsored by: Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance)
Presented By: History of Agriculture (sponsored by: Living History Farms)
Marshalltown
Senior Group Documentary
All We Ask Is Justice: Cedar County Cow War
Adam Willman, Isaac Medina, Jonathan Kirner
Marshalltown High School
Susan Fritzell

Sports History Award (sponsored by: Friends of NHD in Iowa)
Marshalltown
Senior Individual Exhibit
Title IX: The Revolutionary Law that Changed the Role of the American Girl
Emily Barske
Marshalltown High School
Susan Fritzell

Archaeology is Awesome Award (sponsored by: The Association of Iowa Archaeologists)
Presented By: Best in Academic History (sponsored by: Anonymous Friend of NHD in Iowa)
Nashua
Senior Group Exhibit
Brown v. Board: Separating Black and White is not Right
Sara Bergmann, Tiffany Popes, Jena Schipper
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

Outstanding Entry in Women's History (sponsored by: Friends of NHD in Iowa)
Nashua
Senior Individual Performance
Dorothea Dix: Education, Medicine & Asylum Reform
Maddie Fonley
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

Outstanding Entry in African American History (sponsored by: State Historical Society of Iowa)
Rockford
Senior Group Web Sites
Jackie Robinson
Ethan Parcher, Andrew Schriever
Rockford Senior High School
Kelly Arickx

Ashley Raleigh of North Scott High School received the Outstanding Young Historian designation for her Senior Individual Documentary, “Revolution Against Revolution; The 1959 Tibetan Uprising and the Exile of the Dalai Lama.”

Emma Hubner of North Scott received the St. Ambrose Scholarship. Hubner competed in the Senior Group Exhibit category with “Scattergood Hostel: Revolutionary Concept to Reform Lives of Refugees.”

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