by Julie Ann Madden
“Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events” is the theme for the 2013 National History Day Contest.
Akron-Westfield has 35 students preparing performances and/or creating exhibits and documentaries/websites for the contest.
The students showcased their work at the annual National History Day Locals Event on Feb. 10.
The Locals Event is not only a time for the community to see what the students have accomplished but for the students’ work to be critiqued by local National History Day supporters.
The next step in the contest on the journey to the national finals is the District Contest. On March 14, students will take their National History Day projects to the District Contest, which is held at the Northwest Area Education Agency in Sioux City.
Winners from the District Contest will advance to the state National History Day competition, which is split into two divisions. The Senior Division for Grades 9-12 students will be held April 29 and the Junior Division for Grades 6-8 is May 6. Both state contests will be held at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.
State winners will advance to the national finals, which are held each June in College Park, Maryland.
Competing this year are the following A-W Middle School students:
• Laken Mullinix: “Edna Griffin;”
• Makayla Swancutt: “Battle of Antietam;”
• Max Anderson, Kiana Appley, Cody Hillrichs, Jordan Neubrand and Brynn Van Eldik: “U.S. Radium Corporation;” and
• Charlie Anderson, Skyler Briggs, Daniel Martinsen and Cameron Wahlberg: “Trust Busters.”
• Eric Cottrell, Michael Ford and Nick Schnell: “Sputnik;”
• Quentin Hoffer and Christian Wolthuizen: “Work Progress Administration;”
• Brady Bergman and Courtney Waterbury: “Samuel Colt and the Colt Revolver;” and
• Austin Allard: “Pro Negro Leagues.”
• Emmie Knuth, Danika Smith and Rose Witt: “Chernobyl;”
• Natasha Peinke, Autumn Stowe and Marlene Zamora: “Carrie Chapman Catt;”
• Kammi Bishop, Damien Ericson and Alli Jurgensen: “Wounded Knee;”
• Taylor Heeren and Chase Stowe: “Forensic Use of DNA;” and
• Nash Lininger and Dominic Trobaugh: “Jazz.”