Area Students Qualify for National History Day in Iowa

On April 5, 2019, 231 students from 15 districts participated in Great Prairie AEA’s History Day contest held at Indian Hill Community College with 132 category entries. Students researched history topics of their choice related to the theme, “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” Students worked as individuals and in groups to create exhibits, documentaries, performances, historical papers and websites. Area individuals volunteered their time to evaluate student entries. Winners advance to the state contest.

Congratulations to the following state qualifiers for their hard work as these students represented GPAEA at the “National History Day in Iowa” contest on April 29, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

A special “thank you” goes out to our judges, teachers and parent supporters that volunteered their time to make this event an educational and memorable experience for students.

DOCUMENTARY

Junior Individual Documentary

Title: Child Labor during the Industrial Revolution in Britain
Student: Devyn Davis
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Title: The Inspiring Story of Desmond Doss
Student: Daniele Ebert
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Junior Group Documentary

Title: Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution
Student: Samuel Morehead, Claire King
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Title: Ted Bundy: An American Serial Killer
Student: Libby Brock, Paige Lisk
School: Pekin Community Schools
Teacher: Brent Blakely

Senior Individual Documentary

Title: From Writing to the River- The Life and Death of Virginia Woolf
Student: Natalie Neal
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Senior Group Documentary

Title: The Challenger: Triumph Turned to Tragedy in 73 seconds
Student: Casey Abfalter-Dial, Emily Buckner
School: Keokuk High School
Teacher: Barbara Elder

EXHIBIT

Junior Group Exhibit

Title: Audie Murphy and the Fight Against PTSD
Student: Liz Lane, Zoe Moehle
School: Mediapolis Middle School
Teacher: Danielle Peterson

Title: Inventions of World War I
Student: Aidan Sage, Mason Barclay
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Title: The Apollo Missions
Student: Brenna Remele, Gracie Walsh
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Junior Individual Exhibit

Title: Amelia Earhart: Flying in the Face of Adversity
Student: Leah Mulder
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Title: Priceless Hidden Gems Recovered by Unknown Heroes
Student: Anna DeBoef
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Title: RMS Titanic: A Triumphant Ship With a Tragic Voyage
Student: Lillian Titus
School: Mt Pleasant Middle School
Teacher: Jennifer Stater

Senior Individual Exhibit

Title: Mayo Clinic From Destruction Arose Greatness
Student: Maddy Wood
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Title: The Vietnam War My Family Experiences
Student: Ty Earls
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

PAPER

Junior Paper

Title: A Momentous Life of a WWII Spy
Student: Cera Hahn
School: Sigourney CSD
Teacher: Amy Jones

Title: Treaty of Versailles: Setting the State for Tragedy in Post World War Europe
Student: Cade Bemis
School: Pekin CSD
Teacher: Brent Blakely

Senior Paper

Title: Ghosts in the Darkness
Student: Eric Marshall
School: Mediapolis High School
Teacher: Danielle Peterson

PERFORMANCE

Junior Individual Performance

Title: A War for Freedom and Wealth
Student: Laurey Johnson
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Junior Group Performance

Title: Dadaism: Art Born from Tragedy
Student: Evie Messer, Sara Poletti
School: Fairfield Middle School
Teacher: Tena Edlin

Title: Jonas Salk and the Fight Against Polio
Student: Reagan Clarahan, Hannah Hanselman
School: Sigourney CSD
Teacher: Amy Jones

Senior Individual Performance

Title: Newsboys Strike of 1899
Student: Skye Mitteness
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Title: Roberto Canessa: Conquering the Mountains, and Defying the Odds
Student: Konnor Nickell
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

WEBSITE

Junior Individual Website

Title: The Atomic Bomb: Scientific Triumph vs. Human Tragedy
Student: Eli Hoksbergen
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Title: The Siege of Yorktown: A Major Turning Point in American History
Student: Elliot Nelson
School: Oskaloosa Middle School
Teacher: Dawn Deffenbaugh

Junior Group Website

Title: The Little Rock Nine: The Nine That Thought They Couldn’t, But Did
Student: Marcus Trent, Ravi Bedi
School: Fairfield Middle School
Teacher: Tena Edlin

Title: The March on Washington: A Turning Point in African American Rights
Student: Maya Lane, Delmira Jara, Alma White
School: Fairfield Middle School
Teacher: Tena Edlin

Senior Group Website

Title: The Oregon Trail
Student: MacKenzie Northup, Phillip Dunlap, Alex Wolter, Shelby Haage
School: Keokuk High School
Teacher: Barbara Edler

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