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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 03, 2013

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

38 Iowa students win Senior Division National History Day in Iowa contest

Students advance to national contest at University of Maryland next month

(DES MOINES) – Thirty-eight 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 38 students competed against 275 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. About 375 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the NHD in Iowa junior division contest Monday, also at the State Historical Museum.

Students advancing from the senior and junior division state 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 9-14, 2013, at the 2013 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 2013 is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

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 in Iowa program 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 this year’s NHD in Iowa senior division national qualifiers:

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

Senior Historical Paper
Nashua
Madeline Skilton
More Than Just a Pretty Face: A Doll’s Impact on Play, Self−Image, and the World of Marketing
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

Johnston
Abby Dockum
Fists Under Fire: The Black Power Salute and the Decline of Sports Activism
Johnston High School
Sue Cline

Senior Individual Exhibit
Cedar Rapids
Abhinaya Gunasekar
Brown v. Board of Education: Turning Point in Pursuit of Equality
Kennedy High School
Shannon Haas

Eldridge
Ansel Bare
Bix Beiderbecke: Influencing Jazz Music and Turning America’s Pop Culture
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Senior Group Exhibit
Eldridge
Laura Bainter, Kenzie Carmody, Jordyn Head, Sami Maher
Dr. Seuss: Changing Children’s Books Into Learning Hooks
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Emmetsburg
Hadley Egland, Tegan Olson, Shay Mortenson, Landon Schiek, Erik Drost
Changing the Face of Collegiate Athletics
Emmetsburg High School
Sue Strube

Senior Individual Documentary
Alta
Chayce Glienke
Dogmatism, Disease, and Deceit: Examining the Experiment that Transformed Race Relations and Human Research in America
Alta Community High School
Kirsten Doebel

Johnston
Natalie Vander Ploeg
Birdman of the Prairie: the Life and Death of an Iowan Aviator
Johnston High School
Sue Cline

Senior Group Documentary
Nashua
Jordan Swaney, Caleb Geer, Noah Swaney
Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes: Confronting Racist Attitudes Through Education
Nashua−Plainfield High School
Suzan Turner

Eldridge
Dexter Golinghorst, Gretchen Mohr
Turning the Currents of United States Navigation, Transportation, and Expansion: The Effie Afton Affair
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Senior Individual Performance
Des Moines
Elena Hildebrandt
Pearl McGill
Des Moines Central Academy
Canada Snyder, Amy Finnegan

Eldridge
Alexander Bare
Nälkävuodet, “The Hunger Years”: Starvation Sparks a Turning Point in the Lives of the Finnish People
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Senior Group Performance
Eldridge
Allie Stutting, Dan Stutting, Ali Watkins, Halle Wilmott
The Whistle Heard Around the World: A Turning Point in Civil Rights History
North Scott High School
Chris Green

Cedar Rapids
Sweta Sudhir, Nina Yu
DNA Fingerprinting: An Idea that Revolutionized Criminal Investigations
Kennedy High School
Shannon Haas

Senior Individual Web Sites
Paullina
Karlene Negus
Surgical Anesthesia
South O’Brien Schools
John Fernstrum

Des Moines
Vaughn Hommerding
Changing Minds, Opening Doors: The Impact of Psychotropic Medication
Des Moines Central Academy
Canada Snyder

Senior Group Web Sites
Emmetsburg
Queen Mukami, Austin Krause, Brian James, Josie Wickman, Hannah Bird
The Personal is Political
Emmetsburg High School
Sue Strube

Johnston
Aditi Dinakar, Andrew Boge, Rebekah Frese
Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant: The Turning Point of Watergate
Johnston High School
Sue Cline

 

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 

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