Nebraska students earn recognition at National History Day competition
Fifty-four students from across Nebraska competed at National History Day in College Park, Md., June 9-13 with projects based on the theme, “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Students had advanced from the state contest held at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) in April.
Abigail Hyer and Jameson Margetts of Chadron High School finished second in the Senior Group Website category with a project about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
Elizabeth Wortmann of St. Rose of Lima School in Crofton received the Native American History Award for “Mistrust and Misunderstanding: A Deadly Clash at Wounded Knee.”
Tyler Richardson of Ralston High School was awarded the senior Outstanding Affiliate Entry Award.
Ralston middleschoolers Bethany Madden, Olivia Van-Lancker, and Carol Van-Lancker earned the junior division’s Outstanding Affiliate Entry Award and also made finals.
Richardson and Wortmann also joined Grant Taylor of Arapahoe and Lauren Collins and Grace Sorenson of Chadron in ranking in the top 20 percent of their categories.
Jaclyn Johnson and Maya Dooley of Ralston were selected to represent Nebraska at the National Museum of American History for a day-long exhibition.
National History Day is an international program for students in grades 6-12. Coordinated by NWU’s Professor Steven Wills and Shari Sorenson, the state program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska, the Dillon Foundation, History Nebraska, and Nebraska Wesleyan.