Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


For Immediate Release: April 20, 2005
Event: History Day Winners
Contact: Holly Milledge, Media Relation, 816-268-8245

Local students succeed at State History Day

Students from the Greater Kansas City area won state honors at the recent National History Day in Missouri contest. Students in the top two in each category will compete at the national finals at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The following students placed in the top two in the state and will advance to the national finals in June:

Senior Individual Exhibits
First Place: Amanda Lean, Liberty High School, teacher: Jeremy Risty, for her entry entitled, Communication at the Risk of Death: Female Spies of the First World War.

Senior Individual Performance
First Place: Alison Tatum, Liberty Junior High, teacher: Sarah Knopik, for her entry entitled, Margaret Bourke-White: Communication through the Lens.

A special prize was also awarded for the following entry:

The Missouri Veterans Commission award for the best junior entry on military history was awarded to Eve Wright, Odessa Middle School, teacher: Paula Hawk, for her entry entitled, Navajo Code Talkers: From Savages to Heroes.

The following students finished in the top six of the contest:

Junior Individual Exhibits
Finalists:
Eve Wright, Odessa Middle School, teacher: Paula Hawk, for her entry entitled, Navajo Code Talkers: From Savages to Heroes.

Brittney Beard, New Mark Middle School, Kansas City, teacher: Mona Riggs, for her entry entitled, Helen Keller's Challenge to Communicate.

Junior Group Performance
Finalists:
Sam Armato, David Snyder, New Mark Middle School, Kansas City, teacher: Mona Riggs, for their entry entitled, The History of the Pony Express.

Lindsay Lutz, Audrie Howard, Liberty Junior High, teacher: Sarah Knopik, for their entry entitled, Barbie's Communication & Contribution to the Women's Movement.

Junior Individual Documentaries
Finalist: Joseph Tatum, of Liberty Junior High, in Liberty, teacher: Sarah Knopik, for his entry entitled, Enigma: The Psychological War.

Senior Historical Papers
Finalist: Brian Chalmers, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, teacher: Chris Elmore, for his entry entitled, Communicating Independence: How Propaganda Affected Colonial America.

Senior Group Exhibits
Finalist:
Alyssa Latta, Noah Buboltz, Blue Springs High School, teacher: Dacia Rzchowski, for their entry entitled, Communicating in the Underground Rail Road.

Sarah Watkins, Timmy Butts, Kim Reinkemeyer, Truman High School, Independence, teacher: Brad Peck, for their entry entitled, Pony Express: News Travels Fast.

Senior Individual Documentaries
Finalist: Marcella Babcock, Liberty Junior High, teacher: Sarah Knopik, for their entry entitled, The Big Three and a Drastic Miscommunication in History.

History Day is a national contest for students grades 6 through 12. There are junior (6th-8th grades) and senior divisions (9th-12th grades). Students compete first at the regional level (Greater Kansas City). First, second and third-place entrants qualify for the state finals in Columbia. First and second place winners at Columbia proceed to the national finals in Washington, D.C. each June. Prizes, certificates, and scholarships are available at each level of the competition.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is proud to be a sponsor of the National History Day program and host of the regional competition for the Greater Kansas City area (Missouri).

Next year's National History Day theme is Taking a Stand in History. For teaching materials, entry forms and other National History Day information contact Mark Adams at 816-268-8236 or email mark.adams@nara.gov.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. For more information on the Museum and programs, call (816)268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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