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2014 National History Day in Iowa - Winners (Senior Division)

36 Iowa students win National History Day state competition
Students advance to national contest at University of Maryland in June

DES MOINES – Thirty-six Iowa students advanced to the National History Day (NHD) Contest Monday after earning top honors in a state history competition at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. The State Historical Museum is a bureau of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The 36 students competed against nearly 250 other Iowa students in the NHD in Iowa Senior Division (grades 9-12) state competition. About 375 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the NHD in Iowa Junior Division competition Monday, May 5, 2014, also at the State Historical Museum.

Students advancing from both divisions will compete for scholarships and prizes against nearly 3,000 students from the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International schools and Department of Defense Schools in Europe at the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland June 15-19, 2014.

National History Day is a year-long education program that engages students in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. The theme for 2014 is “Rights and Responsibilities in History. Projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.

The NHD program serves as a vehicle to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local history, and then challenges them to expand their thinking and apply knowledge of local events to the national, or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds attended Monday’s NHD in Iowa Senior Division awards ceremony and Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck will attend the NHD in Iowa Junior Division awards ceremony at about 4 p.m. Monday, May 5.

The list of NHD in Iowa Senior Division students who qualified Monday for the NHD Contest in June follows:

Senior Historical Paper

Abby Dockum

  • The Right to Play and the Responsibility to Reform: Mississippi State vs. Loyola, 1963
  • Johnston High School
  • Teacher: Sue Cline

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Abby Dockum and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Abby Dockum and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Miranda Hale

  • Nelson Mandela: Taking Responsibility to End Apartheid in South Africa
  • North Scott High School
  • Teacher: Chris Green

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Miranda Hale and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Miranda Hale and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Individual Exhibit

Abhinaya Gunasekar

  • A Right to Childhood: Children’s Bureau Duty
  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School
  • Teacher: Syndy Richey

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Abhinaya Gunasekar and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Abhinaya Gunasekar and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Ansel Bare

  • The Katyn Forest Massacre: Strategic Military Responsibility and Disregard for Humanity
  • North Scott High School
  • Teacher: Chris Green

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Ansel Bare and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Ansel Bare and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Group Exhibit

Jeeneette Wolfe, Rachel Gibbons and Paige Mitchell

  • Contradicting Our Constitution: How HUAC Misapplied its Rights and Responsibilities During the Cold War
  • Burlington High School
  • Teacher: Sara St. John

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Jeeneette Wolf, Paige Mitchell, Rachel Gibbons and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Jeeneette Wolf, Paige Mitchell, Rachel Gibbons and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Laura Bainter, Mykenzie Carmody, Jordyn Head and Sami Maher

  • Nellie Bly: Taking Responsibility, Exposing Wrongs, Securing Rights
  • North Scott High School
  • Teacher: Chris Green

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Jordyn Head, Laura Bainter, Sami Maher, Mykenzie Carmody and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Jordyn Head, Laura Bainter, Sami Maher, Mykenzie Carmody and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Individual Documentary

Alex Bare

  • “The Workers’ Paradise:” Finnish-Americans Destitute of Rights in Soviet Karelia
  • North Scott High School
  • Teacher: Chris Green

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Alex Bare and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Alex Bare and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Chayce Glienke

  • Cutting the Rose: The Human Right to Bodily Integrity and the Responsibility of the Global Community to Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation
  • Alta Community High School
  • Teacher: Kirsten Doebel

Photo: Alta Community High School Teacher Kirsten Doebel (center) with Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie (left) and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds accepts a National History Day in Iowa award on behalf of her student Chayce Glienke Monday at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines.

Photo: Alta Community High School Teacher Kirsten Doebel (center) with Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie (left) and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds accepts a National History Day in Iowa award on behalf of her student Chayce Glienke Monday at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines.

Senior Group Documentary

Emma Walhof and Tina Snieder

  • Art of War: The Empty Frames of World War II
  • Unity Christian High School
  • Teacher: Cody Harskamp

Allison Coe, Laura Klever and Stephanie Konrady

  • The Warsaw Zoo: A Safe Haven for the Defense of Jewish Rights
  • North Scott High School
  • Teacher: Chris Green

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Allison Coe, Stephanie Konrady, Laura Klever and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Allison Coe, Stephanie Konrady, Laura Klever and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Individual Performance

Mickey Sloat

  • The DNA Twist: A Tangled Web of Research, Science, and Ethical Rights
  • Davenport Central High School
  • Teacher: Gail Heninger

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Mickey Sloat and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.)

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Mickey Sloat and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.)

Elena Hildebrandt

  • Alice Paul – Deeds Not Words
  • Des Moines Central Academy
  • Teacher: Canada Snyder

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Elena Hildebrandt and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Elena Hildebrandt and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Group Performance

Gara Lonning, Naomi Davidson, Kalle Solberg, Katelyn Yee, Linnea Carlson

  • Night of Terror: The Battle for the Ballot
  • Decorah Middle School
  • Teacher: Gabe Twedt

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Naomi Davidson, Katelyn Yee, Kalle Solberg, Linnea Carlson, Gara Lonning and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Naomi Davidson, Katelyn Yee, Kalle Solberg, Linnea Carlson, Gara Lonning and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Allie Stutting, Dan Stutting, Ali Watkins, Halle Wilmott

  • Taking Responsibility, Walking for Rights, Hearing the Voices: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade
  • North Scott High School
  • Teacher: Chris Green

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Halle Wilmott, Allie Stutting, Dan Stutting, Ali Watkins and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Halle Wilmott, Allie Stutting, Dan Stutting, Ali Watkins and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Individual Website

Aditi Rao

  • Fritz Haber: Killer, Savior, Scientist?
  • Cedar Falls High School
  • Teacher: Gita Rao

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Aditi Rao and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Aditi Rao and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Jack Wahlig

  • Penn Central v New York City: A Taking of Land-A Taking of Rights
  • Des Moines Central Academy
  • Teacher: Canada Snyder

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Jack Wahlig and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Jack Wahlig and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Senior Group Website

Aditi Dinakar, Andrew Boge

  • The Conscience of Our Country: Herblock’s Influential Ink Bottle
  • Johnston High School
  • Teacher: Sue Cline

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Andrew Boge, Aditi Dinakar and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Photo: (l-r) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Andrew Boge, Aditi Dinakar and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division state contest in Des Moines.

Aubry Bienemann, Kelsey Poppe, Briley Fisher

  • “One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”: Jacob Riis’s Eye-Opening Photography
  • Nashua-Plainfield High School
  • Teacher: Suzan Turner

Photo: Nashua-Plainfield High School Teacher Suzan Turner (center) with Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie (left) and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds accepts National History Day in Iowa awards on behalf of her students, Aubry Bienemann, Kelsey Poppe, Briley Fisher, Monday at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines.

Photo: Nashua-Plainfield High School Teacher Suzan Turner (center) with Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie (left) and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds accepts National History Day in Iowa awards on behalf of her students, Aubry Bienemann, Kelsey Poppe, Briley Fisher, Monday at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines.

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. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Katie Craven at 515-725-0506 or katie.craven@iowa.gov.

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