Over 250 area students participate in National History Day Competition

Great Prairie AEA wishes to thank and congratulate the 14 area districts that participated in the National History Day District Level Competition held on April 7. These Districts include VanBuren, Keokuk, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Wayne, Mt. Pleasant, Pekin, Burlington, Sigourney, Eddyville/Blakesburg/Freemont, New London, Burlington Notre Dame, Mediapolis, and Fairfield.

This year’s theme was Taking a Stand in History and over 250 students from area schools participated. The following students will be representing our Region at the statewide competition on May 8 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines:



  • Junior Group: New London Middle School, Eliana Manning, Natalie Burden Presentation Title: Nelson Mandela: A Leader’s Legacy and New London Middle School Camryn Lair, Emma Nye, and Kalayna Durr Photography is about capturing souls not smiles, Lewis Hine takes a stand with photography.
  • Junior Individual: Evan Middle School (Ottumwa) Leticia Sosa, Taking A Stand of the Academic Rights for Latinos and Sigourney Elementary School, Corran Freel Thurgood Marshall–Fights for equality through the courts
  • Senior Group: Sigourney High School: Mac Conrad, Nick Goad Branching Out Baseball and Keokuk High School: Trystan Grisham, Dre’ Moody, Malcom X: Stand for Something, or Fall for Anything
  • Senior Individual Documentary: Wayne Community Schools, Katelyn Nickell, Desmond Doss: “Just One More.”


  • Junior Group: Fairfield Middle School, Sarah McAvan and Danielle Breen, John Carlos and Tommie Smith: Raising Fists for Freedom.
  • Pekin Middle School, Logan Baker and Ryan Doud, Kenny Washington: Paving the Way for Blacks in the NFL
  • Junior Individual: Pekin Middle School, Claire Roth Jesse Owens: Taking a Stand for Black Rights and Peking Middle School Kyler Dickey, Savior In His Own Right
  • Senior Group: Keokuk High School: Kerrigan Eckland, Calla Huston, Kendall Watson, Alice Paul: Taking a Stand through White House Picketing and Hunger Strikes and Mt. Pleasant HS, Claire Holtkamp, Aurora Vansickel, Nellie Bly: A Journalistic Stand Exposing Asylum Abuse
  • Senior Individual: Wayne Community, Grace Godlove National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Crusade to End Lynching and Sigourney High School Sam Fowler, Standing in the Center


  • Junior: Aldo Leopold (Burlington), Hannah Hentzel, Amelia Bloomer: Seneca Falls, Temperance, and Women’s Rights and Fairfield Middle School, Ethan McReynolds The Fall of Soviet Communism
  • Senior: Mediapolis Eric Marshall, Franz Stigler: Taking a Stand for Honor and Mt. Pleasant High School, Abby Ryon, Standing for Gender Equality: Katherine witzer Changes the Pace of Women’s Running


  • Junior Group: Fairfield Middle, Abigail Schaefer, Amiritha Kumar, Clair Epperson, Yana Gaskell, Clare Else, Irean Sendler: Taking a Stand, One Child at a Time and Aldo Leopold Middle School (Burlington) Jessica Kendell and Casey Pepper, James Chaney-His Fight Against Segregation
  • Senior Group: Sigourney, Makenna Hammes, Megan Stuhr, Shelby Stein, Dani Richard, Noel Garringer, Rosa Parks: Taking a Stand While Sitting Down
  • Senior Individual: Wayne Community Schools, Anastasiea Chiperi, Giving Her People Their Rights Back: Kaiulani’s Stand Against Annexation


  • Junior Group: Keokuk Middle School, Kaydance Oliveski, Alaina Sargent, Kaylie Watson, Abby Wolter How Harriet Tubman took a stand in history with the underground railroad and Fairfield Middle School, Sam Leahy, Chance Swan, Kevin Kretz, Kyle Schubick The Gunpowder Plot of 1605: A Night to Remember
  • Junior Individual: Wayne Community Kenna Nickell, Billie Holiday’s Song “Strange Fruit” Taking a stand against History and Sigourney, Mason Harter, Sitting Bull Takes a Stand
  • Senior Individual Website: Wayne Community, Laney Christian, Amelia Earhart Taking a Stand for Women’s Rights in Aviation and Wayne Community, Erin Marquis, The Rosa Parks Before Rosa Parks
  • Senior Group: Keokuk High School, Austin Derr, Phillip Dunlap, Gabe Jones, Alex Wolter, Che Guevara: Taking a Stand Against Imperialism
Congratulations and Good Luck at State – your AEA is very proud!
For more information on NHD in Iowa see this link: https://iowaculture.gov/nhd.

For more information on the National NHD program and additional resources see www.nhd.org

To get involved in the GPAEA regional History Day event contact Lisa Sines at lisa.sines@gpaea.org or Doreen Underwood at doreen.underwood@gpaea.org.


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