Marshalltown students participate in National History Day regional

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Pictured are Marshalltown students who have qualified for the state National History Day competition after participating in the regional on March 27 at Central College in Pella. Front row, from left, Mary Kate Gruening, Phoebe Osgood, Emily Miller, Erin Stanley and Lucas Kramer. Back row, Averi Bolar and Jason Strand.

Seven students qualify for state

A total of  17 Marshalltown Schools Extended Learning Program students traveled to Central College in Pella to participate in the Historic Highways Regional National History Day Competition on March 27.  Students have researched topics around the theme “Triumph & Tragedy in History” and this was their opportunity to present their projects to judges. Students could present their learning as exhibits, documentaries, papers, websites or performances.

Seven Marshalltown students from Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School were selected to advance to the state competition, which is at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on April 29.

State qualifiers
From Miller Middle School:
Averi Bolar & Jason Strand,  “The Power of Words: Hans & Sophie School”  (performance)

From Marshalltown High School:
Phoebe Osgood & Emily Miller,” Pardon my sanity in a World Insane: The Life and Legacy of Emily Dickinson” (senior performance)

Erin Stanley, “The Iowa Hog Lift: How a Calamity Created an International Friendship” (senior individual website)

Mary Kate Gruening, “Helen Keller: Overcoming Tragedy by Using a Triumphant Voice” (senior individual exhibit)

Lucas Kramer, “The Cuban Missile Crisis: How Effective Compromise Prevented Nuclear Tragedy” (senior individual exhibit)

Other Marshalltown students who participated in the contest included:

From Lenihan Intermediate School:
Elliana Rottink, Isaac Benscoter, and Jacob Christen – “Triumph and Tragedy in the Life of Anne Frank” (exhibit)

Olivia Holmgren, Kennedy Feldman and Alexa Oliveros – “Malala Yousafzai’s Tragedy and Triumph” (exhibit)

Olivia Zavala Livengood – “Triumph and Tragedy:  How Martin Luther King Jr.’s Actions Helped the World but came with Consequences” (exhibit)

From Miller Middle School:
Layla Buschbom, “Freddie Mercury: Triumph & Tragedy” (exhibit)

From Marshalltown High School
Sofia Whaley , “Triumphs and Tribulations: The End of an Empire” (senior paper) – Special Award: Outstanding Bibliography

Klaudia Hernandez, “The Triumph of an integrated Society in Buxton, Iowa” (senior individual exhibit)- Honorable Mention (runner-up for state qualifier)