National Finals for 2017


Michigan students were among the thousands of participants from across the United States and several territories compGroup webeting in the 2017 National History Day contest, which took place June 11-15, 2017, in College Park, Md.

Seven Michigan students received special honors at this year’s competition.

“The History Day theme for 2017—Taking a Stand in History—allowed our students to create some very innovative and impassioned entries,” said Amy Bradfield, State Coordinator for Michigan History Day (National History Day in Michigan). “We are proud of each and every student who participated in the 2017 History Day program.”

Michigan students competing in the National History Day competition represented several cities, including Ada, Bay City, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Cassopolis, Fraser, Grand Rapids, Holland, Houghton, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lake Linden, Owosso, Redford, Richland, Sault Ste. Marie, South Haven, St. Joseph, Traverse City, Troy, Village of Clarkston, Whitehall and Ypsilanti.

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Sarah Kenkel, Vikram Lakshmanan, Megan Sun, Samhita Surapaneni and Makena Torrey from Bloomfield Hills High School in Bloomfield Hills were selected to represent Michigan at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with their exhibit, “Dr. Seuss: A Man With a Plan.” The students were sponsored by coach Erin Cervi.

Sarah Gundry, Christine Huynh and Josephine Koch of Northern Hills Middle School in Grand Rapids, sponsors Mary McMahon and Beth McMahon, placed seventh in the nation for Junior Division Group PerGundry_Huynh_ Koch webformance with their entry, “Vida Goldstein: The Woman Whose Words Shaped the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Australia.” They also received the Junior Division Outstanding State Entry Award, designating them as best-in-state.

Samantha Conkling and Maya Gates of Eastern Middle School in Ada, sponsor James Cross, placed ninth in the nation for Junior Division Group Website with their entry, “Bravery Against Slavery: The Stono Rebellion’s Fight For Freedom.”

Lizzie Mathias Mathias webof Lisa Mathias Homeschool in Ada, sponsor Lisa Mathias, received the Senior Division Outstanding State Entry Award, designating her as best-in-state, for her Individual Documentary entry, “The Personal Is Political: Alison Bechdel’s Feminist and LGBT Activism.”

Tiffanie Cross of Whitehall High School in Whitehall, sponsor Jan Klco, received the Senior Division U.S. Constitution Award with her Individual Performance entry, “Pardon Who? Ford’s Stance on Healing the Nation.” The award is sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is awarded to an outstanding entry that used the records of the federal government to either illuminate the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution or focus on Constitutional issues throughout American history.Cross web

Michigan History Day® is an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s oldest cultural organization. Major sponsors of Michigan History Day are Meijer and Amway. Michigan History Day is an affiliate of National History Day, which was established in 1974 and offers yearlong academic programs that engage more than half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually.


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