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WCS Middle Schools Excel At National History Day Competition

Warsaw Community Middle Schools recently celebrated success at the National History Day regional competition. The event, which was held in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 17, invited students to present history projects before a panel of judges from across the region. Students presented various mediums of projects including exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances and websites.

“A large contingent of students from both Lakeview Middle School and Edgewood Middle School competed in the Fort Wayne Regional competition of National History Day. Participants placing in the top three qualified to compete at the state level this April in Indianapolis, where they can qualify for nationals in Washington D.C. during June,” explained Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools.

WCS had a record number of participants qualify for the state level. Among the teams to advance to state was a team comprised of seventh grade students who advanced to the national competition the year prior. Keller Bailey, Geoffrey Hochstetler, Jason Benyousky and Ryun Hoffert, who previously presented on the subject of Pearl Harbor, selected a Warsaw-native, national author and Civil War hero for this year’s competition – Ambrose Bierce.

Bierce, born in 1842 in Ohio, spent his formative years in Kosciusko County, attending high school in Warsaw. A celebrated journalist and author, Bierce often wrote realistically of the horrors he experienced during the Civil War. Stories such as “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “A Horseman in the Sky,” “One of the Missing” and “Chickamauga” are considered to be amongst the greatest “anti-war documents in American literature.” At approximately age 71, Bierce mysteriously disappeared without a trade in Chihuahua, Mexico.  He is remembered as a pioneer of the psychological horror story and for his grim and savage voice throughout his writings.

Eighth grade students advancing to the state competition in the group exhibit category include: Zachary Nicholas and Andrew Frush; Kaci Krebs and Tes Berelsman; Jennifer Tlahuextl, Elena Crawford, Ava Knight, and Tate VanHouten; Wini Barnett, Myah Ault, Aspen Wagoner, and Sydney Langhorn; Elana Sullivan, Hannah Shapiro, and Abby Rahn; Kaylee Ochoa and Rachel Doyle. Students advancing to the state competition in the individual exhibit division include Regan Brouwer and Bianca Jordan. In addition, Anastasia Kalikova will advance to the state level in the documentary division and Jessica Pogue will advance in the individual paper division.

WCS would like to congratulate all students on their impressive performance as well as commend the staff and parents who helped in preparing students for the event. The state competition will be held on Saturday, April 14.

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