Three Iowa students win National History Day competitions in Maryland
25 other Iowa students earn honors at national contest

For immediate release June 20, 2008

 

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

(DES MOINES) –Three Iowa students took first place in National History Day competitions this week at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

NHD 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 2008 is “Conflict & Compromise in History.”

Fifty-two students represented Iowa in the NHD national competition at the University of Maryland this week, competing against nearly 2,500 other national qualifiers from across the country with historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, and performances.

Yashila Permeswaran of Le Mars Community Middle School in Le Mars won the Gold Medal and $1,000 in the Junior Division Historical Paper category. Her entry was “The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps: A Compromise to Overcome the Conflict of Women Serving in the Army.”

Katlyn Mace and Jaclyn Smith of Akron-Westfield Community School in Akron won the Gold Medal and $1,000 in the Junior Division Group Documentary. Their entry was “Clara Lemlich and the Uprising of the 20,000.”

“Overall, 25 of the 52 students representing Iowa were recognized in some way,” said Millie Frese, coordinator for NHD in Iowa. “I could not be happier. Iowans should be very proud of these amazing young people. Their research successes and extraordinary stories set them apart from others their age. What an amazing display of our state’s educational standards.”

NHD in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa, State Historical Society, Inc., American Legion of Iowa Foundations, Obermann-Beck Foundation and the Polk County Historical Society. 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.

Other Iowa students receiving honors at the NHD national competition this week include:

2nd Place – Silver Medal
Kaitlin Armstrong, Haley Coyle, Emily Miller and Jayde Ostermyer
Akron-Westfield Community School, Akron, Iowa
Teachers: Valorie Philips and Colleen Westergard
Category: Junior Division Group Performance
Title: Before Their Time: Child Labor Exposed

2nd Place – Silver Medal
Chelsea Dinsdale, Jamie Pokorny, and Sydney Fehr
North Tama Junior High School, Traer, Iowa
Teacher: Scott Connolly
Category: Junior Division Group Exhibit
Title:  The Wall that Heals

3rd Place – Bronze Medal
Rachel Meredith
Le Mars Community Middle School, Le Mars, Iowa
Category: Junior Division Individual Exhibit
Title: Darkness Over Denmark: The Conflict and Compromise of a Righteous Nation

3rd Place – Bronze Medal
Abhishek Vemuri, Max Hawkins, Rohit Iragavarapu, and Joshua Johnson
Central Academy, Des Moines, Iowa
Teacher: Harvey Kimble
Category: Senior Division Group Documentary
Title: The Corn Compromise: An Experiment in Agricultural Diplomacy

3rd Place – Bronze Medal
Holly Hassman and Melissa Hassman
Homeschool, Marshalltown, Iowa
Teacher: Susan Fritzell
Category: Senior Division Group Exhibit
Title: Amish School Battle: A Clash Between Two Worlds

4th Place – Junior Division Outstanding State Award
Brianne Hassman and Lori Roseland
Homeschool, Marshalltown, Iowa
Teachers: Karen Hassmen and Lori Roseland
Category:  Junior Division Group Performance
Title: The Language Proclamation: An Attempt to Unify Iowans Under a Common Language

5th Place – Special Award for History of Agriculture and Rural Life
Rebekah Frese
Miller Middle School, Marshalltown, Iowa
Teacher: Lacinda Gillen
Category: Junior Historical Paper
Title: Conflict in the Cornbelt: Milo Reno and the Farmers' Holiday Association

5th Place – Senior Division Outstanding State Award
Kyle Graeser and Shane Melver
Nashua-Plainfield High School, Nashua, Iowa
Teacher: Suzan Turner
Category: Senior Division Group Documentary
Title: The Comics Code Authority: Responding to Mass Media Criticism

6th Place
Alex Murphy
Le Mars Community Middle School, Le Mars, Iowa
Teacher:  Jeanne Rust
Category: Junior Division Web Site
Title: The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Compromise Which Avoided Nuclear Conflict

6th Place
Katherine Tindall of Akron-Westfield Community School, Akron, Iowa
Teachers: Valorie Philips and Colleen Westergard
Category: Senior Division Individual Performance
Title: The Consequence for Lack of Compromise: Mary Mallon and the Public Health Department

7th Place
Jeralyn Westercamp
Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Teacher:  Deb Snook
Category: Senior Division Individual Exhibit
Title: When Honey was Money: A Cutting Conflict, A Court-Ordered Compromise

12th Place
Taylor Beitzel of North Scott High School, Eldridge, Iowa
Teacher: Chris Green
Category: Junior Division Individual Exhibit
Title: Josef Mengele: Compromising the Law of Science

14th Place
Jared Mills
Homeschool, Marshalltown, Iowa
Teacher: Sally Mills
Category: Junior Division Individual Documentary
Title: Germany: A Divided Nation

14th Place
Kirstin Marriott
North Scott High School, Eldridge, Iowa
Teacher: Chris Green
Category: Senior Division Individual Exhibit
Title: China Invades Tibet: Political and Cultural Conflicts with Broken Compromises

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