Students compete at National History Day regionals at Central College


Pictured are Marshalltown Community School District students who competed in the National History Day regionals at Central College in Pella. Front row, from left, Desy Sung, Layla Buschbom, Gracelyn Bethel, and Averi Bolar. Back row, Klaudia Hernandez, Emma Kuhlers, Katelyn Schwartz, Taylor Jones, Kaisa Stanley, Mary Kate Gruening, Mang Sang and Sofia Whaley.

The Marshalltown Community School District had an excellent showing at the National History Day regional competition at Central College in Pella on March 28, with several becoming state contest qualifiers.   This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History.”

Lenihan Intermediate School 
Lenihan had three sixth graders participate in National History Day with great success.  Katelyn Schwartz earned an honorable mention for her exhibit “Auschwitz: Home of the Angel of Death and How He Failed to Compromise.”

Desy Sung and Layla Buschbom will be attending the state National History Day competition with their exhibit “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall.”  Desy and Layla were also able to obtain pieces of the Berlin Wall from a community member using the Extended Learning Facebook page to enhance their project.

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State qualifiers Layla Buschbom and Desy Sung

Miller Middle School
Miller Middle School brought two group projects to the National History Day regional competition.  Seventh graders Averi Bolar, Gracelyn Bethel, Mang Sang and Kaisa Stanley entered a group performance titled, “Isadora Duncan: Conflict & Compromise through the Modern Dance Movement.”  This group won a special award for creative entry.

Eighth graders Emma Kuhlers and Taylor Jones entered a group documentary titled: “Iowa Girl’s Basketball: Changing the Game for Equality through Conflict & Compromise.”  This group qualified for the state competition and won a special award for outstanding use of a local topic.

Marshalltown High School
Three ninth grade students from Marshalltown High School attended the contest and all received awards in the senior division. Both of the entries in the individual exhibit category qualified for state. Mary Kate Gruening’s exhibit was titled Carrie Chapman Catt: Achieving Women’s Suffrage First, Fighting for World Peace Second and Klaudia Hernandez’s exhibit was titled ” Mendez v Westminster: The Forgotten Conflict That Triggered Desegregation in Schools.

Sofia Whaley received honorable mention and runner-up for the state contest in senior research paper with her entry,  “From Peasants to Generals: How Russians Made Great Compromises to Defeat Napoleon.”  Sofia also received a special award for outstanding bibliography.

The National History Day state competition will be held on April 30 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

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State Qualifier Klaudia Hernandez

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State Qualifier Mary Kate Gruening