For Immediate Release: March 14, 1998
Contacts: Mark Adams
816-268-8236
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
816-842-1500
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

LOCAL STUDENTS ADVANCE TO STATE FINALS IN NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION

(Independence, Mo.) - Twenty-four 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 14. These winners will compete in Columbia on April 18 for the chance to advance to the national finals.

The National History Day regional competition was held at Blue River Community College and the Harry S. Truman Library. More than 35 students from grades 6-12 representing eight area schools participated in the regional competition. The Greater Kansas City, Missouri region included students from Carroll, Clay, Cass, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties.

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 "Migration in History."

The National History Day competition offers students the chance to win scholarships, certificates and prizes. In 1997, more than half a million students nationwide participated in this program.

"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 Missouri state competition will be held at the University of Missouri on Saturday, April 18. Winners will advance to compete in the national finals on June 14-18 at the University of Maryland.

For more information about National History Day, please contact Mark Adams at 816-268-8236 , or by e-mail at mark.adams@truman.nara.gov

Students winners

Junior Papers

First
Sara Boatright
Pleasant Lea Jr. High School
"Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Removal"
Teacher: Todd Fenske

Second
John Pittman
Pleasant Lea Jr. High School
"Traveling on the Santa Fe Trail"
Teacher: Todd Fenske

Third
Rebecca Green
Pleasant Lea Jr. High School
"The Puritan Revolution"
Teacher: Todd Fenske

Junior Individual Exhibits


First
Dylan Steinmetz
"The Grasmicks: Migrations of Germans from Russia"
Harrisonville Christian School
Teacher: Carol Bohl

Second
Gretchen Mollenhour
"The Holocaust"
Harrisonville Christian School
Teacher: Carol Bohl

Third
Davette Bradford
"The Separatists: Searching for Freedom"
Harrisonville Christian School
Teacher: Carol Bohl

Junior Group Exhibits


First
Christa Gilbert & Lauren Schult
"Ireland's Greatest Export: Her Own Sons and Daughters"
Harrisonville Christian School
Teacher: Carol Bohl

Second
Zach Wood, Matt Bohnert, Brandon Hamilton
"Independence: A Jumping Off Point on the Oregon Trail"
Harrisonville Christian School
Teacher: Carol Bohl

Third
Whitney Gregory & Lynsey Lawson
"The California Gold Rush"
Harrisonville Christian School
Teacher: Carol Bohl

Senior Papers


First
Thomas Rowland
Lee's Summit High School
"Henry Finn & His Journey From New York To The Ohio Territory"
Teacher: Chris Bobal

Senior Individual Exhibits


First
Kristin Van Becelaere
Lee's Summit High School
"The Migration into Civilization"
Teacher: Amy Lewis

Second
Jennifer Pittman
Lee's Summit High School
"Philosophy Through Time"
Teacher: Amy Lewis

Senior Group Exhibits


First
Brooke O'Dell & Erin Swearengen
Stet R-15 School
"Migration Sensations"
Teacher: Marj Locker

Senior Individual Media


First
Beth Barnhart
Lee's Summit High School
"Russia's Brain Drain"
Teacher: Chris Bobal

Senior Group Performance


First
Stacey Mann, Joshua Palmer, Brad Street, Courtney Brock, Julie Beltz
Stet R-15 School
"The Torch is Passed"
Teacher: Marj Locker

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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