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Written by Jeff Morgan   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:26

32 Iowa students win National History Day in Iowa contest

Students advance to national contest at University of Maryland next month

DES MOINES – Thirty-two Iowa students took top honors in a statewide history contest this week and will represent Iowa at the National History Day competition next month at the University of Maryland.

The 32 students competed against 375 other students in the junior division (grades 6-8) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. The students join 38 other Iowa students who competed last week in the NHD in Iowa senior division (grades 9-12) in advancing to the 2013 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held June 9-14, 2013, at the University of Maryland.

The group of 70 Iowa students will compete for scholarships and cash prizes against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2013 is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in the following categories: historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests in Des Moines.

In addition to helping students discover the world of the past, the NHD program helps them develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD in Iowa program has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Following is the list of this year’s NHD in Iowa junior division national qualifiers:





(Title of Project)



Junior Historical Paper


Brooke Thacker

Common Sense: Turning Colonists into Freedom Fighters

Johnston Middle School

Kathy Paul


Storm Lake 

Wendy Leyva

Insulin: An Elixir Of Life

Storm Lake Middle School

Priscilla Robinson

Junior Individual Exhibit


Matt Griebe

D−Day: Turning the Tide of WWII, Operation Overlord

North Scott Junior High School

Chris Green



Allie Tubbs

Jackie Robinson Turns the Tide in Baseball History

Summit Middle School

Colleen Ites


Junior Group Exhibit


Brady Frank, Adelyn Carmody, Benjamin Stutting

Kristallnacht “Night of Broken Glass”: A Turning Point in Jewish History

North Scott Junior High School

Chris Green



Emmy Knuth, Danika Smith, Rose Witt

Chernobyl: Fatal Disaster, Turning Point in Nuclear Energy

Akron−Westfield Community School

Colleen Westergard, Val Philips


Junior Individual Documentary


Lizzy Herrick

Sesame Street: T is for Turning Point

Lincoln Central Middle School

Jean Hoffman



Michael Mohr

Henry Wallace: Hybridization of Corn, Turning Agriculture on its Ear

North Scott Junior High School

Chris Green


Junior Group Documentary

Council Bluffs 

Sam Hulett, Ben Price

Star Wars

Kirn Middle School

Deb Masker



Nick Schnell, Eric Cottrell, Michael Ford

Sputnik 1: A Small Object that Created a Huge Impact

Akron−Westfield Community School

Colleen Westergard, Val Philips

Junior Individual Performance


Makayla Swancutt

Antietam: A Crossroad to Freedom

Akron−Westfield Community School

Colleen Westergard, Val Philips



Mickey Sloat

Game, Set, and (Pay) Match: Playing for Equity in Women's Sports

Williams Intermediate

Beth Miller


Junior Group Performance


Cameron Wahlberg, Daniel Martinsen, Skyler Briggs, Charlie Anderson

Teddy Roosevelt: Turning Tables on Corporations

Akron−Westfield Community School

Colleen Westergard, Val Philips



Anuja Pharasi, Dayna Price, Savannah Kelley

Nellie Bly: Benefiting Humanity One Word at a Time

Fairfield Middle School

Tena Nelson


Junior Individual Web Sites


Kyle Marek

Civilian Conservation Corps

LeMars Middle School

Jeanne Rust



Nikki Hobson

Nellie Bly: Paving the Way for a Society with Women in the Workforce

Johnston Middle School

Kathy Paul


Junior Group Web Sites


Rebeka Bell, Madison Huynh

The Seneca Falls Convention: Crossroads in Women’s Rights

Nevada Middle School

Randy Davis


Storm Lake

Cody Baker, Kayla Joyner

The Eisenhower Interstate System: Our Road to a Stronger Nation

Storm Lake Middle School

Priscilla Robinson




The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

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