Marshalltown students participate in National History Day regional competition


This group of Lenihan Intermediate School students qualified for the state National History Day contest following a successful group performance at the regional competition held in Pella on March 29. Pictured, from left, are Jason Strand, Mang Sang, Averi Bolar, Kaisa Stanley and Grace Bethel.

Students from Lenihan Intermediate School, Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School participated in the regional competition of National History Day in Pella on March 29.  Several students have qualified for the state contest in May.

Students competed in a variety of media such as papers, websites, documentaries and performances.

“All students of Marshalltown did very well, and we are proud of everything that they learned and accomplished throughout this process,” said Lenihan Extended Learning Program teacher Vanessa Engel.



National History Day participants from Lenihan Intermediate School are pictured. Front row, from left, Mang Sang, Connor Hugen, Annmarie Zhou and Kellsey Maxon. Back row, Jason Strand, Averi Bolar, Kaisa Stanley, Grace Bethel, Elexus Ocasio, Willow Schmidt and Yessenia Alvarez-Zamora.


Lenihan had eleven students attend the competition, one independent exhibit, one independent paper, and two group performances.  There were fourteen group performances at this regional competition in which two will be moving on to the state competition, including a group from Lenihan. The state-qualifying group consists of Jason Strand, Mang Sang, Averi Bolar, Kaisa Stanley, and Grace Bethel.

Other students participating from Lenihan were, Connor Hugen, Annmarie Zhou, Kellsey Maxon, Elexus Ocasio, Willow Schmidt, and Yessenia Alvarez-Zamora.


Miller had three students competing in the regional event.  Mary Kate Gruening wrote a paper and Emma Kuhlers and Taylor Jones created an exhibit on Cap Anson.


Miller Middle School students Taylor Jones, left, and Emma Kuhlers presented on Cap Anson.


Miller students, from left, Emma Kuhlers, Mary Kate Gruening and Taylor Jones.

Marshalltown High School

The two MHS entries placed in the top two of their category and will move on to the state contest.

Jacqueline Wahl, presented her Individual Senior Exhibit, “Korematsu vs. United States: Standing up for Japanese-American Rights in WWII.”

Molly Sickles and Kaylee Foth presented the Senior Group Documentary, “Griffin vs. Katz: Taking A Stand Against Segregation in Des Moines.”

The state contest will be held May 8 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The Miller and MHS National History Day students will be presenting their projects at the Marshall County Historical Society for their “History on the Third Thursday” event at 6:30 p.m. on April 20. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.


MHS student Jacqueline Wahl is pictured with her presentation on Korematsu.


MHS students pictured, from left, Kaylee Foth, Jacqueline Wahl and Molly Sickles.