For Immediate Release: March 20, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations



(Independence, Mo.) – Forty Missouri students from the Greater Kansas City area earned a trip to the Missouri state finals in the National History Day competition by winning the regional competition on Saturday, March 11. The students will compete in the Missouri state competition to be held in Columbia on Saturday, April 8. State finals winners will advance to compete in the national finals on June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The National History Day regional competition was held at the Harry S. Truman Library. More than 80 students from grades 6-12 representing several area schools participated in the regional competition. The Greater Kansas City, Missouri region included students from Carroll, Clay, Cass, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and Ray counties.

The categories of competition, the winners and their schools are listed as follows:

Historical Paper – Senior

Charlene Carino (first place) Blue Springs High School

Jonathan Wilson (second place) Blue Springs High School

Elizabeth Karst (third place) Blue Springs High School

Historical Paper – Junior

Emily Werner (first place) Harrisonville Christian High School

Individual Exhibit – Senior

Amanda Carey (first place) Raytown South High School

Individual Exhibit – Junior

Molly Magness (first place) Harrisonville Christian High School

Davette Bradford (second place) Harrisonville Christian High School

Individual Performance – Junior

Gretchen Mollenhour (first place) Harrisonville Christian High School

Individual Media/Documentaries – Junior

Matt Bohnert (first place) Harrisonville Christian High School

Group Media/ Documentaries – Senior

Sean Callahan, Brent Davidson, Eric Babich and Matt Hawley (first place) Truman High School

Lindsey Miller, Holly Chow, Stacy Rich and Reece Preston (second place) Truman High School

Amber Frisbie, Kris Edwards, Zachary D. Gall, Adam Bower, and Meghan Jennings (third place) Truman High School

Group Media/Documentaries – Junior

Jill Hamilton and Kristen Lockard (first place) Harrison Christian High School

Kathleen King, Megan Kimerer, Megan Ludwig-Whipple and Katie Krier (second place) St. Gabriels High School

Group Performance – Senior

Ashley Wienstroer, Aubrey Kent and Linda Joyce (first place ) Lincoln Prep High School

Group Performance – Junior

Stephen Burton and Tiffany Johnson (first place) Maple Park Middle School

Group Exhibit – Junior

Whitney Harper and Courtney Garza (first place) George Caleb Bingham 7th Grade Ctr.

Danny Jonas, Holden Hamilton and Adam Ross (second place) George Caleb Bingham 7th Grade Ctr.

Aeron Kirchhoff and Rebecca Sherwood (third place) George Caleb Bingham 7th Grade Ctr.

National History Day encourages students to use original sources, such as first-hand accounts and original documentation, to conduct historical research based on a theme. Students choose to present their research as a historical paper, table-top exhibit, media or dramatic performance. This year’s competition theme is "Turning Points in History."

The National History Day competition offers students the chance to win scholarships, certificates and prizes. In 1999, more than 600,000 students nationwide participated in this program. Eight students from Greater Kansas City made it to the national level in 1999.

"National History Day is a great way to encourage students to learn first hand about American history. The fact that students use original sources, rather than just reading facts in a book, brings the projects to life," said Mark Adams, Education Coordinator for the Truman Library.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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