Ten Miller Middle School students participated in the National History Day Junior Division State Competition held May 2 at the State Historical Society of Iowa, with teams being named National Alternate and Judges’ Choice.
This year’s theme was, “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences.” Over 350 students competed from throughout the state.
Miller’s Group Performance, “A Woman’s War: Debating the Roles of Civil War Women,” was a finalist for Nationals, and was named as the Nationals Alternate in this category. The group consisted of Ellen Podhajsky, Hannah Stone, and Susie Pratt.
The Group Documentary, “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District: Debating Students’ Rights,” received a Judges’ Choice Award. This group included Ali Ashby, Cassidy Blackford, and Maddie Livingston.
The Miller participants were:
- Beau Ragland – Individual Website, “The Berlin Wall: Debate and Diplomacy With the Wall”
- Ashley Harris, Molly Major, Erin Woltjer – Group Website, “The Debate on Child Labor”
- Hannah Stone, Ellen Podhajsky, Susie Pratt – Group Performance, “A Woman’s War: Debating the Roles of Civil War Women”
- Cassidy Blackford, Maddie Livingston, Ali Ashby – Group Documentary, “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District: Debating Students’ Rights”