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Southwest Iowa students selected for state history contest

Southwest Iowa students selected for state history contest

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Southwest Iowa students selected for state history contest

Kirn Middle School eighth-graders Christian Hawley, second from right, and Caleb Fitch, right, give a presentation on agricultural revolutionary Henry A. Wallace to judges Ralph Wright, left, and Jill Grove during the National History Day competition at the Council Bluffs Public Library on Saturday. Students from Council Bluffs, Lewis Central, Riverside and Harlan competed across various visual platforms trying to qualify for the state National History Day event – scheduled for May 4 in Des Moines.

Several southwest Iowa projects will advance to the combined Junior/Senior State History Day competition on May 4.

The Green Hills West History Day Competition was held Saturday at the Council Bluffs Public Library, bringing together students from Council Bluffs, Lewis Central, Riverside and Harlan.

This year’s competition theme is “Leadership & Legacy in History,” and next year’s will be “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”

Students in the National History Day contest use the theme to select a topic for a project, which could be a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website, either as a group or an individual. Those advancing to state for the junior division are:

• Group Documentary: Harlan Middle School’s Rachel Anderson, Lucy Borkowski, Andrea Ferry, Anna Nelson and Jay Swanson for “You Can’t Segregate the Sky.”

• Group Documentary: Kirn Middle School’s Jude Ryan and Daniel Fitch for “Norman Borlaug: Take It to the Farmer.”

• Individual Documentary: Kirn’s Mia Kawamitsu for “Daisey Bates: Stepping Forward for Equality.”

• Individual Documentary: Kirn’s Anna Boes for “America Loves Lucy.”W

• Group Exhibit: Lewis Central Middle School’s Kayden Pearson and Morgan Beckner for “General Grenville M. Dodge: Leader, Soldier and Transcontinental Railroad Builder.”

• Group Exhibit: Kirn’s Andy Larkin and Zak Doty for “Heron of Alexandria: Calculating Leadership, Visionary Mathematician.”

• Individual Exhibit: Kirn’s Kenadie Doty for “Thurgood Marshall.”

• Individual Exhibit: Kirn’s Brianne McDermott for “Sargent Shriver.”

• Group Website: Kirn’s Alexis Poserio and Jocelyn Hendrix for “A Man, A Mouse and a Legacy.”

• Individual Website: Mackenzie Koesters and Ashley Hipnar for “Fire Ignites Leadership: Pantaloons, Power and Amelia Bloomer.”

• Historical Paper: Kirn’s Gabby Dour for “Nellie Bly: Leadership was Her Byline.”

• Historical Paper: Kirn’s Arlette Milstead for “ Mademoiselle Chanel: Leadership In Style.”

Those advancing to state for the senior division are:

• Individual Documentary: Abraham Lincoln High School’s Abaigh Plummer for “Walter Cronkite.”

• Individual Documentary: Lewis Central High School’s Kitty Terhune for “Margaret Sanger: The Birth Control Movement.”

• Individual Website: Lewis Central’s Crystal Brandenbugh for “Ruth Bader Ginsberg: A Pioneer For Modern Day Feminism.”

• Individual Website: Abraham Lincoln’s Scott Brown for “Humble Beginnings: Leading the Way to World Renowned Scouting.”

• Group Website: Abraham Lincoln’s Maddie St. Clair and Alea Dorsett for “Angel of the Battlefield.”

• Group Website: Lewis Central’s Aley French, Haley Kelly and Haley Sanders for “Gloria Steinem: Feminist, Activist and Champion.”

• Historical Paper: Harlan High School’s Laura Kaufman for “The First Lady of the World Changing Hearts, Changing Minds.”

• Historical Paper: Harlan’s Haley Swisher for “How Milk Changed the World.”

The state contest will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. For more information, visit

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