History Day 2014: “Rights and Responsibilities in History”

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by Shannon Johnson, GPAEA Instructional Secretary

On March 14, 2014, 240 students, grades 6-8 (Junior Division) and grades 9-12 (Senior Division) from 13 districts and 1 non-public participated in Great Prairie AEA’s National History Day contest held at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA.

These students shared their research regarding this year’s theme, “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” We have talented and gifted and social studies teachers in our local schools who believe their students strongly benefit from participating in National History Day. With a new theme each year, students research history and learn about a person, place, or event. Rules and guidelines are set for consistency for student entries. Selecting a topic is usually the hardest part. Understanding the theme is important and National History Day has a structured curriculum for teachers to assist students to learn about history, while collecting research, sharing their views, learning to write a bibliography and a process paper. This curriculum guides students to share and illustrate their thoughts as an individual or in a group. Once students find their topic to support the theme, they decide how they will best share their research, either in a exhibit, documentary, performance, historical paper or a website. Many different skills are expressed and learned to illustrate the person, place or event in history based on the category students chose to enter.

Area retired teachers and adults who enjoy history volunteered their time to judge and evaluate student entries. National History Day has three to four levels to advance their entries: school, regional, state and national level. Volunteer judges review entries to advance them to the state contest from our regional event.
Our closing ceremony congratulated the following state qualifiers for their hard work as these students represent GPAEA at the “National History Day in Iowa” contest on April 28, (Senior & Youth Division) and May 5 (Junior Division) at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines.

A special “thank you “ goes out to our judges that volunteered their time to make this event an educational and memorable experience for students, our teacher and parent supporters, the staff/volunteers at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and the state history day coordinators Millie Frese and Katie Craven.

Visit www.nhd.org to learn more about National History Day.

JUNIOR DIVISION HISTORICAL PAPER:

Title: Women in the Military – Students: Jade Harper, School: Pekin Community Schools, Packwood, IA – Teacher(s): Ken Hutchinson

Title: WWII: Justifying the Bombing of Japan – Students: Chandler Eckley, School: Pekin Community Schools, Packwood, IA – Teacher(s): Ken Hutchinson

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT:

Title: POWs at Camp Algona – Students: Fisher Fort, School: Blakesburg Elementary, Blakesburg, IA – Teacher(s): Stacey Manternach

Title: God’s Iron Grip: Rights and Responsibilities within the Amana Colonies – Students: Vidya Mullangi – School: Aldo Leopold Middle School, Burlington, IA – Teacher(s): Katie Salisbury

Title: Right to Ration – Students: Madysen Wade, School: Eddyville Elementary, Eddyville, IA – Teacher(s): Jessica Nollen

Title: Jewish Rights of the Halocaust – Students: Kjierstin Ridgway, School: Evans Middle School, Ottumwa, IA – Teacher(s): Heidi Bradford

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:

Title: The Trail of Tears: Progress or Genocide – Students: Isaiah Wittrock, Kaden Baker, School: Pekin Community Schools, Packwood, IA – Teacher(s): Ken Hutchinson

Title: Pinkies Up – Students: Larry McKee, Carson Burrell, School: Eddyville-Blakesburg Middle School, Blakesburg, IA – Teacher(s): Angie Koebke

Title: The Right to Fight – Students: Payton Fry, Emma Bunnell, School: Eddyville-Blakesburg Middle School, Blakesburg, IA – Teacher(s): Angie Koebke

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY:

Title: Nile Kinnick: More Than Just an Athlete – Students: Sam Mattson, School: Fairfield Middle School, Fairfield, IA – Teacher(s): Tena Nelson

Title: The Right to Fight and the Responsibility to Rebuild: US in WWII – Students: Sarah Huschak, School: Edward Stone Middle School, Burlington, IA – Teacher(s): Katie Salisbury

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP DOCUMENTARY:

Title: Lets Talk Turkey – Students: Chase Eckley, Sam Roth, School: Pekin Community Schools, Packwood, IA – Teacher(s): Ken Hutchinson

Title: Child Labor Laws – Students: Riley Albertson, Brook Paris, School: Evans Middle School, Ottumwa, IA – Teacher(s): Heidi Bradford

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Title: The Deaf: Truths Rising from the Ashes of Time – Students: Laurel Hilger, School: Fairfield Middle School, Fairfield, IA – Teacher(s): Tena Nelson

Title: We Can Do It – Students: Emma Mock, School: Eddyville Elementary, Eddyville, IA – Teacher(s): Tony Kurimski

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:

Title: Secrecy in the Ranks – Students: Lisa Roberts, Jenna Post, Rebekah Hartman, Melody Trucano, Wendy Houston, School: Evans Middle School, Ottumwa, IA – Teacher(s): Heidi Bradford

Title: Radium Girls – Students: Abby Bowers, Morgan Greiner, Helen Altfillisch, Breanna Smith, Parker Brannen, School: Evans Middle School, Ottumwa, IA – Teacher(s): Heidi Bradford

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL WEB SITES:

Title: The Burning Monk – Students: Jagger Gourley, School: Mediapolis Community School, Mediapolis, IA – Teacher(s): Steven Steele

Title: Workers’ Rights in Sweatshops: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 – Students: Collin Kepner, School: Evans Middle School, Ottumwa, IA – Teacher(s): Heidi Bradford

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP WEB SITES:

Title: The Forgotten Victims: Homosexuals in the Holocaust – Students: Lillian Harbison, Kyra Johnson, School: Mediapolis Community School, Mediapolis, IA – Teacher(s): Steven Steele

Title: Poaching in Africa: A Continuous Fight For Animal Rights – Students: Kara Jeffrey, Sara Lemlin, Maria Fleischman, School: Fairfield Middle School, Fairfield, IA – Teacher(s): Tena Nelson

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SENIOR DIVISION HISTORICAL PAPER:

Title: The Trial of Dred Scott and the Loss of Personal Rights – Students: Riley Brown, School: Wayne Community Schools, Corydon, IA – Teacher(s): Mike Jones

SENIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT:

Title: Reactions: The Creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Students: Makayla Kessel, School: Fairfield High School, Fairfield, IA – Teacher(s): Sharon Flinspach

Title: Iowa Liberty and Justice for All – Students: Holly Noneman, School: Keokuk High School, Keokuk, IA – Teacher(s): Barbara Edler

SENIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:

Title: Responsibility to Rescue, Restore, and Retain – Students: Peyton Crawford, Lane Boender, School: Sigourney High School, Sigourney, IA – Teacher(s): Andy Harter

Title: Contradicting our Constitution:  How HUAC Misapplied its Rights and Responsibilities During the Cold War – Students: Jeenneette Wolfe, Rachel Gibbons, Paige Mitchell, School: Burlington High School, Burlington, IA – Teacher(s): Sara St. John

SENIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY:

Title: Ayn Rand: Rights of Business Owners and Responsibilities of Workers – Students: Mitchell Sinclair, School: Wayne Community Schools, Corydon, IA – Teacher(s): Mike Jones

Title: The Freedom to Hate – Students: Jetta Bell, School: Sigourney High School, Sigourney, IA – Teacher(s): Andy Harter

SENIOR DIVISION GROUP DOCUMENTARY:

Title: Apartheid in South Africa – Students: Mateer Strong, Josie Tremmel, School: Sigourney High School, Sigourney, IA – Teacher(s): Andy Harter

SENIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Title: May 4th, 1970 – Students: Olivia Bohlmann (not pictured), School: Ottumwa Community School District- High School, Ottumwa, IA – Teacher(s): Brooke Gevock

Title: Christopher Columbus: The True Story – Students: Chanel Nguyen, School: Keokuk High School, Keokuk, IA – Teacher(s): Barbara Edler

SENIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:

Title: “Set Them Free!”: The Rights and Responsibilities of the Scottsboro Trial – Students: Bailey Andrews, Karna Hampton, Nicole Johnson, Paige Johnson, Alicia Nickell, School: Wayne Community Schools, Corydon, IA – Teacher(s): Mike Jones

Title: Rights and Responsibilities of Educators: When Teachers Strike Back – Students: Priya Khanolkar, Madeline Berner, Joley Seitz, Wesley Hunt, Grant Gabel, School: Keokuk High School, Keokuk, IA – Teacher(s): Barbara Edler

SENIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL WEB SITES:

Title: China: One Child Policy – Students: Alena Whitaker, School: Harmony Community School District, Farmington, IA – Teacher(s): Stephanie Vititoe

Title: Emmitt Till – Students: Emma Carper, School: Burlington Notre Dame, Burling, IA – Teacher(s): Larry Pohren

SENIOR DIVISION GROUP WEB SITES:

Title: The Atom Bomb: Can a Wrong be Rectified? – Students: Yiyang Liu, Steven Liddle, School: Keokuk High School, Keokuk, IA – Teacher(s): Barbara Edler

Title: Good Samaritan Law – Students: Ellen Mead, Madison Osborn, School: Burlington High School, Burlington, IA – Teacher(s): Sara St. John

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