Middle, high school students compete at History Day

KEARNEY – Over 200 middle and high school students competed at the annual Central Nebraska History Day at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Students presented projects based on the theme “Taking a Stand in History” on campus on March 8.

“The projects are incredibly varied,” said James Rohrer, associate professor of history and the district History Day coordinator. “It is great to see the imagination, hard work and learning that has gone into this event.”

Schools participating in the event were Cozad, Lexington, McCook, Loup County, Arcadia, Arapahoe, Ainsworth, and St. Mary’s Catholic in O’Neill.

Students competed in individual or group competitions in categories such as documentary film, interpretive websites, poster exhibits and individual research papers. Judges were university faculty and staff and volunteers from the community.

Winning projects had to clearly showcase the theme and show accuracy of facts, breadth of research and clarity of presentation.

Students who place at the district level can compete in the Nebraska State History Day contest in Lincoln on April 8.

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.

Winners of the Central Nebraska History Day were:

Jr. Individual Performance

First – Natalia Makarova – Dakota Stutzman of Ainsworth

Second – Rosa parks, Cultural Force – Abby Steffen of St. Mary’s O’Neill

Sr. Individual Performance

First – Hussein’s Iraq vs. United Nations – Maggie Weatherwax of Arapahoe

Sr. Group Performance

First – Standing for Native American Equality – Jalynn Huerta, Cameron Vollmer, Evan Neban, Isabella Sifuentes, Brooke Speer of Lexington

Second – Marry or Nary: Taking a Stand against Marriage – Adrienne Einspahr, Alayna Whipple, Andrei Muresan, Nikita Sadok, Tyler Kapperman of Arapahoe

Sr. Individual Exhibit

First – Claudette Colvin – Hollie Sell of Arcadia

Second – USA for Africa – Faith Kozisek of St. Mary’s O’Neill

Third – Muhammad Ali: Taking a Stand against the Vietnam War – Whitney Steckel of Loup County

Alternate – Muhammad Ali & His Stand Against the Vietnam War – Trevon Calleroz of Arcadia

Sr. Group Exhibit

First – William Wilberforce: Taking a Stand Against Slavery – Ethan Allen, Paul Sandoz of Loup County

Second – Odette Sansom – Codi Fehringer, Ansley Kramer of St. Mary’s O’Neill

Third – Sybil Ludington Revolutionary War Heroine – Sarah Leuck, Katrina Kay Gould of Arcadia

Alternate – Ayatollah Khomeini for an Islamic Republic – Tanner Deisley, Tanner DeVoogd of Arapahoe

Jr. Individual Exhibit

First – Hannah Senesh’s Stand for Jews – Savannah Holmes of Ainsworth

Second – The Trevor Project – Michell Plazas of Lexington Middle School

Third – Newborns in Need – Addison Sund of Lexington Middle School

Jr. Group Exhibit

First – Heroes of the Holocaust – Megan Hodgson, Hayden Johnson of McCook

Second – Ida B. Wells – Shayli Wilkinson, Hayden Johnson of McCook

Third – Taking a Stand Through Music – Lexi Hauxwell, Olivia Koetter of McCook

Alternate – Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Dean Schroder, Abby Allen of Loup County

Jr. Individual Documentary

First – I Have a Dream – Kara Houlden of Lexington Middle School

Jr. Group Documentary

First – Nat Turner, Slave Rebellion – Tayler Chytka, Allyson Shotkoski of Cozad

Second – A Stand in History By Sitting – Saidi Rutten, Zoey Salem of Lexington Middle School

Third – Ghengis Khan – Ethan Mins, Korey Decker, Thomas Hakonson of Lexington Middle School

Jr. Individual Website

First – Save Boyd County – Ally Conroy of Ainsworth

Second – Winston Churchill – Noah Storjohann of St. Mary’s O’Neill

Jr. Group Website

First – Clara Lemlich – Maren Arens, Maia Flynn of Ainsworth

Second – The Brutal Murder of a Roman Ruler – Baylor Winters, Sean Griffin, Conor Doherty of McCook

Third – Taking a Stand for Equal Rights – Collin Doak, Tyler Kinne, Logan Farr of McCook

Sr. Individual Website

First – Dr. William House – Decemberlyn Kilcoin of St. Mary’s O’Neill

Second – Taking a Stand for the French Revolution – Gavin Nelson of Arapahoe

Third – Taking a Stand: John F. Kennedy – Lawson Hofer of St. Mary’s O’Neill

Sr. Group Website

First – Taking a Stand for Religious Freedom – Shannon Breinig, Spencer Watson, Noah Koller, Jacob Pruitt of Arapahoe

Second – Earning the Right to Sweat: A Movement in Women’s Sports – Megan Burkholder, Haley Cargill, Abigail Nelsen, Kitelyn Calhoun, Hailey Wilson of Cozad

Third – Taking a Stand for Human Rights – Laine DeVries, Anthony Meyers of Arapahoe

Jr. Research Paper

First – Women in the Olympics – Aubree Eldridge of Cozad

Sr. Research Paper

First – Madres of Plaza de Mayo: Standing for the Disappeared – Kimberly Gomez of Lexington High School

Second – Dolores Huerta – Micaela Lopez of Lexington HS

Third – Jesse Owens: Running from Racism – Jalen Starks of Lexington High School

Alternate – Black Panthers: The Stand Behind Their Berets – Erick Estrada of Lexington High School