Submitted by Val Philips
A-W National History Day Coach
We had a great trip and the students represented us well!
There were 2,900 students who attended Nationals at the University of Maryland in Washington D.C. All 50 states were represented as well as 10 other “affiliates” such as American Samoa, China, Southeast Asia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Department of Defense Schools in Europe.
Akron-Westfield represented Iowa well. Two out of our four entries were in the National History Day finals.
The Trustbusters’ group performance of Daniel Martinsen, Skyler Briggs, Charlie Anderson, and Cameron Wahlberg performed in finals and placed seventh in the nation.
The Chernobyl group exhibit of Emmy Knuth, Rose Witt and Danika Smith were in the finals and were chosen to represent Iowa and display their exhibit at the Smithsonian American History Museum. They earned a medal for Outstanding State Entry and placed ninth in the nation.
Makayla Swancutt, who performed her individual performance on the Battle of Antietam, earned a Superior rating and ranked in the top one-third of her initial round.
Nick Schnell, Eric Cottrell, and Michael Ford presented their group documentary on Sputnik, earning a Superior rating and ranking in the top one-third of their initial round.
We would like to thank those in the community who supported the students in their trip to Washington D.C.