Michigan Students Win Top Honors at National History Day

June 16, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, MD—Michigan students experienced great success at the 2011 National History Day Contest, which took place June 12-16 in College Park, Maryland. A record nine Michigan entries advanced to the final round of judging at this year’s event.

“We are very proud of the 2011 Michigan Delegation,” said Emily Asbenson, the state coordinator for Michigan History Day. “The students’ hard work and dedication was evident in each entry. They have already begun to leave their own mark on history.”

Michigan students competing in the final round represented cities including Ada, Canton, Comstock Park, Holland, Kalamazoo, Plymouth, Saginaw, South Haven, and Whitehall.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Russell Aspinwall and Garrett Fragala from Baseline Middle School in South Haven won the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for their performance, “‘Play Ball’ Jackie Robinson: Breaking the Color Barrier.” Sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research, this award is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hal of Fame and Museum from 1950-1969. Russell and Garrett were sponsored by Julie Sheppard and Terri Wakild.

Meghan Mead from Whitehall High School was selected to represent Michigan at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with her exhibit, “Who Here is Deemed as Human? Debating the End of Slavery.” Meghan was sponsored by Jan Klco and Robb Zoelmer.

JUNIOR ADVANCING ENTRIES

Natalie Shabahang from Forest Hills Eastern Middle School in Ada placed 6th in the nation and won Outstanding State Entry for her paper, “The War that Nobody Won: The War of 1812 and the Treaty of Ghent.” (National History Day recognizes one Outstanding State Entry from each state in the junior and senior divisions.) Natalie was sponsored by Jim Cross.

Michael Mahacek and Jonathan Thomas from Forest Hills Eastern Middle School in Ada placed 10th in the nation for their website, “The War of Currents: The Electrifying Debate Over How to Power the World.” Michael and Jonathan were sponsored by Jim Cross.

Olivia Russell from Maple Street Middle School in Kalamazoo placed 14th in the nation for her exhibit, “Idlewild ‘The Resort Segregation Built.’” Olivia was sponsored by Martha Ongley.

SENIOR ADVANCING ENTRIES

Calgary Haines−Trautman and Andrea Ringer from Plymouth-Canton Educational Park placed 5th in the nation and won Outstanding State Entry for performance, “Debating the Wall: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” Calgary and Andrea were sponsored by Joseph Ringer.

Kirsti Harrison and Kari Pliml from Forest Hills Eastern High School in Ada placed 6th in the nation for their website, “Korematsu v. United States: Debate of Citizens Rights.” Kirsti and Kari were sponsored by Jim Cross.

Dominic Surya from Holland High School placed 8th in the nation for his website, “Father, Diplomacy; Mother, Debate: The United Nations is Born.” Dominic was sponsored by Mark Knopf and Gary Vosburg.

Jenn Becker, Tyler Fink, and Dylan Fink from Comstock Park High School placed 10th in the nation for their website, “Urban Renewal: A Never Ending Story of Debate, Diplomacy, and Transformation.” Jenn, Tyler, and Dylan were sponsored by Karen Auwers.

John Bihn from Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy in Saginaw placed 11th in the nation for his documentary, “The Toledo War: A Debate Between Two Neighbors.” John was sponsored by John Olvera.

Alayna Klco from Whitehall High School placed 14th in the nation for her performance, “Who Paves These Streets of Gold? U.S. Immigration in the 20th Century.” Alayna was sponsored by Jan Klco and Robb Zoelmer.

For more information about Michigan History Day, visit www.hsmichigan.org, or contact the Historical Society of Michigan at (517) 324-1828.

 

Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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