Nebraska students earn honors at National History Day Competition

June 24th, 2016

Fifty-nine Nebraska students, showing 36 entries, competed at the National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland held June 12-16. Over 3,000 students from across the United States, territories, Korea and China presented projects based on this year’s theme “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.”

 

The following Nebraska students were recognized for outstanding work and received the following awards:

 

Outstanding Affiliate Entry

Lindsey Johnston, Neleigh Rush, and Noah Talmadge • Junior Group Website •  “Bodmer & Maximilian: A Journey into the American West” •  Ralston Middle School, Ralston • Mindy Podraza, Teacher

Dallas Jones • Senior Individual Documentary • “DeWitty: An Audacious Pursuit of the American Dream” •  Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln •  David Nebel and Kyle Beacom, Teachers

 

Native American History

Tyler Kaus • Junior Individual Documentary • “Thomas Savage: An Exchange at Jamestown” •  Chadron Middle School, Chadron •  Cathy Kaus, Teacher

 

 

Irish History

Aubrey Bando and Elaina Madison • Junior Group Documentary •  “The British Government: Exploring Ways to End the Irish Famine” •  Lourdes Central Catholic, Nebraska City •  Roxann Penfield and Cathy Thomas, Teachers

 

 

Chaminade University of Honolulu Scholarship

Vanessa Taylor •  Senior Individual Documentary •  “The Day of Two Noons: Railroad Encounters with Time” •  Ainsworth Community Schools, Ainsworth •  Nichole Flynn and Heather Lutter, Teachers

 

 

The following were finalists ranking within the top 10 in their category:

Dallas Jones •  Senior Individual Documentary •  “DeWitty: An Audacious Pursuit of the American Dream” •  Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln • David Nebel and Kyle Beacom, Teachers

Vanessa Taylor • Senior Individual Documentary •  “The Day of Two Noons: Railroad Encounters with Time” •  Ainsworth Community Schools, Ainsworth •  Nichole Flynn and Heather Lutter, Teachers

Madeline Werner and Anna Bohlken •  Senior Group Exhibit •  “When Dial Turns Dire” •  Syracuse -Dunbar- Avoca High School, Syracuse • Adam Krecklow and Aiden Vodicka, Teachers

 

Roxann Penfield, Lourdes Central Catholic in Nebraska City and Melanie Chesley, Lexington High School, were recognized as Nebraska Teachers of the Year for the junior and senior divisions, respectively.

 

National History Day is an international program for students in grades 6-12. Students compete either individually or in groups within five categories: historical paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website.

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