Seven WCS Teams Advance to NHD National Competition

Warsaw Community Schools students recently competed at the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) 2019 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) state contest, Saturday, April 13, at the University of Indianapolis. Approximately 550 students from schools across the state took part in the contest, exploring the 2019 theme of “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Students explored the impact of historical events and shed light on local, national and international figures.

Students from Lakeview Middle School, Edgewood Middle School, Warsaw Community High School, as well as two students from Washington STEM Academy, competed in the event showcasing a variety of presentations, displays and skits before judges. A record-breaking seven teams will continue on to the National competition with one team held as an alternate at the competition held June 9-13 at the University of Maryland’s campus in College park, Md. At least 3,000 students are expected to compete from across the country and from international schools around the world.

The National Contest is the final stage in a series of contests at state and regional levels. Students in grades four through 12 began this year’s National History Day journey by exploring a historical subject and using their research to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Students qualified to state by taking part in regional contests where volunteer judges worked in teams to evaluate projects and rank winners. All regional finalists advanced to the state contest, where students also had the chance to win special prizes for Indiana history topics.

This year’s WCS award winners include:

Junior Individual Exhibit

2nd Place, National Qualifier: Alli Gudeman – Edgewood Middle School, “Anne Frank”

3rd Place, Alternate: Raquel Brouwer – Lakeview Middle School, “Triumph out of Darkness: The Legacy of Louis Braille”

Junior Group Performance

1st Place, National Qualifier: Keller Bailey, Ryun Hoffert, Jason Benyousky, Robinson Hoffert, Finn Bailey – Edgewood Middle School and Washington STEM Academy, “The Freedom Rides of 1961: Makers of Good Trouble”

2nd Place, National Qualifier: Edward Robison, Noah Knepp, Phoenix Klein – Lakeview Middle School, “Welcome Back to D-Day”

Junior Group Website

1st Place, National Qualifier: Zoe Bergan, Katie McKibbin – Edgewood Middle School, “American Eagle Flight 4184”

2nd Place, National Qualifier: Keely Roe, Abby Stapleton – Edgewood Middle School, “Bringing Math to the Moon”

Senior Individual Exhibit

2nd Place, National Qualifier: Rachel Doyle – Warsaw Community High School, “Doctor Jonas Salk and the Triumph of the Polio Vaccine”

Senior Paper

2nd Place, National Qualifier: Abby Rahn – Warsaw Community High School, “William Wilberforce: Triumph Over Britain’s Slave Trade”

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