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LOCAL STUDENTS ADVANCE TO STATE FINALS IN
HISTORY DAY COMPETITION
(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 years 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.