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Emmetsburg Students Qualify for National History Day Contest

May 9, 2013
Emmetsburg News

DES MOINES - Thirty-eight Iowa students and ten Emmetsburg High School 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 38 winners competed against 275 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. About 375 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the NHD in Iowa junior division contest Monday, also at the State Historical Museum.

Students advancing from the senior and junior division state contests will compete against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, June 9-14, 2013, at the 2013 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

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GROUP WEB SITES - EHS students presented a group web site “The Personal is Political” at the National History Day in Iowa state contest in Des Moines. Front row (l-r): Austin Krause, Queen Mukami, Brian James, Hannah Bird and Josie Wickman. Back row (l-r): State Historical Museum of Iowa Director Susan Kloewer, Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie and Department of Education Director Jason Glass. -submitted photo

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 attributes that are critical for future success like critical thinking and problem-solving skills, research and reading skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills, self-esteem and confidence and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.

The following Emmetsburg High School students are this year's NHD in Iowa senior division national qualifiers:

Senior Group Exhibit: "Changing the Face of Collegiate Athletics" by Hadley Egland, Tegan Olson, Shay Mortenson, Landon Schiek and Erik Drost.

Senior Group Web Sites: "The Personal is Political" by Queen Mukami, Austin Krause, Brian James, Josie Wickman and Hannah Bird.

The EHS participants are instructed by history teacher, Sue Strube.

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 or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or



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