KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney has announced the winners of the annual Central Nebraska History Day contest.
About 200 middle school and high school students presented projects on various historical figures, which took place on campus March 11.
Schools participating in the event, which is for students in grades 6-12, include Lexington Public Schools, Arapahoe, Cozad, McCook, Loup County, Faith Christian School of Kearney, Franklin, Loomis and St. Mary’s Catholic in O’Neill.
The theme of this year’s competition is Leadership and Legacy in History.
Students compete in individual or group competitions in their choice of five different categories: poster exhibits, performances, research papers, documentary film and website design.
Students who place at the district level can compete in the Nebraska State History Day contest in Lincoln in April. Winners at state may then compete in national competition in May at the University of Maryland.
History Day is a national educational program aimed at giving students the opportunity to pursue historical research on a chosen theme, and use their creativity in developing competitive projects based on their research.
History Day is sponsored by the UNK Department of History, with support from the Buffalo County Historical Society and Kearney Public Library.
Winners of Central Nebraska History Day were:
Junior Group Performance
First – Walt Disney – Carissa Jensen, Sydney Lindstedt, Abby Thramer of Cozad
Senior Group Performance
First – Louis Zamperini – Derek Monie, Korey Tathe, Noah Wadleigh of Arapahoe
Second – Mustafa Kemal – Adrienne Einspahr, Noah Koller, Spencer Watson, Alayna Whipple of Arapahoe
Third – The Treaty of Guadlupe Hidalgo – Olivia TenBensel, Pedro Gutierrez, Brendan Lee of Arapahoe
Senior Individual Exhibit
First – Mikhail Gorbachev – Irina Girleanu of Arapahoe
Second – Literature for Social Change – Lynze Weatherwax of Arapahoe
Third – Thomas Paine – Jackie Lewis of Loup County/Taylor
Senior Group Exhibit
First – Nelson Mandela – Madison Hanke, Amanda Brinkman of Arapahoe
Second – Genghis Khan – Morgan Deisley, Nevada Gardner of Arapahoe
Third – Henry Ford – Morgan Curran, Shelby Kapperman of Arapahoe
Junior Individual Exhibit
First – The Monuments Men – Ariana Van Pelt of McCook
Second – Alexander Dubcek – Grace Strohl of Loup County/Taylor
Third – Harriet Tubman – Adrienne Labay of McCook
Junior Group Exhibit
First – Nelson Mandela – Emmett Black, Douglas Christiansen, Cassie Schelling of Faith Christian Kearney
Second – Adolf Hitler: The Life of a Dictator – Claire Harrison, Abe Schroeder, Sophia Schroeder of Franklin
Third – George Washington – Ashley Odenbach, J. D. Meeks of Loup County/Taylor
Junior Individual Documentary
First – C. S. Lewis – Rebekah Fedderson of Faith Christian Kearney
Junior Group Documentary
First – John Cozad: Founding a Community – Megan Burkholder, Katelyn Calhoun, Hailey Wilson of Cozad
Senior Group Documentary
First – Fr. Flanagan – Logan Connot, Hailey Eiler, Kendra Kozisek, Caleigh Miles of St. Mary’s Catholic O’Neill
Junior Individual Website
First – Steve Jobs – Brennan Hanson of Faith Christian Kearney
Junior Group Website
First – Four Ounces of Hope: Comic Books in WWII – Brittany Rieman, Becca Tietz, Mackenzie Smith of McCook
Second – The Life of JFK – Nick Wolvin, Terry Paxton, Connor Moorhous of McCook
Third – Douglas MacArthur – Caleb Wehling, Corban Preston, Cade Haffener of Faith Christian Kearney
Senior Individual Website
First – Matthew Ridgeway – Josh Cuddy of St. Mary’s Catholic O’Neill
Second – Warren Buffett – Tyler Regan of St. Mary’s Catholic O’Neill
Third – Jesse Owens – Will Atkeson of St. Mary’s Catholic O’Neill
Junior Research Paper
First – Irena Sendler – Mollie Tate of McCook
Senior Research Paper
First – George Beadle: Nebraska’s Geneticist – Leah Treffer of Lexington High School
Second – Fruit From the Tree of Knowledge: Steve Jobs’ Bruised Apple – Adrian Gomez of Lexington High School
Third – Standing Bear’s Fight for Equality – Isabella Sifuentes of Lexington High School
Alternate – Walt Disney: Legacy Around the World – Lili Fatig of Lexington High School
Contact: James Rohrer, event coordinator, UNK Department of History, 308.865.8769, firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, email@example.com