2011 Michigan History Day State Champions Announced

May 2, 2011

(A full list of winners can be found here).

ALLENDALE—More than 115 Michigan elementary, middle, and high school students received top honors at the Michigan History Day State Finals on Saturday, April 30. The event was held at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.

Winners at the state finals included students from Ada, Ann Arbor, Bangor, Barbeau, Belmont, Brighton, Brimley, Calumet, Canton, Charlevoix, Comstock Park, Dafter, Dearborn Heights, DeTour Village, Detroit, Dollar Bay, Drummond Island, Eckerman, Gobles, Grand Rapids, Hancock, Hastings, Holland, Kalamazoo, Middleville, Montague, Plymouth, Portage, Saginaw, Sault Ste. Marie, South Haven, Traverse City, Twin Lake, Waterford, Whitehall, and Ypsilanti.

This year, about 5,500 students participated in the Michigan History Day program.  After competing in regional districts statewide, 318 students reached the state finals.  Finalists chosen at the state competition in the junior and senior divisions now move on to the national contest, called National History Day, held this June in College Park, Maryland.

Michigan History Day offers a fascinating opportunity to move social science beyond routine learning. Students perform research on an individually chosen topic.  They then present their work through the disciplines of writing, art, literature, music, drama, and/or visual communications. “We were thrilled to see the large increase in participation and excellent quality in student work,” said Emily Asbenson, MHD state coordinator.

All entries were tied in some way to the 2011 National History Day theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” A full list of winners can be found here.

Lead sponsors of History Day include Meijer Inc., the Cook Charitable Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Grand Valley State University and Amway. In addition, financial support was provided by the Algonquin Club of Detroit & Windsor, the Holland Area Historical Society and the Society for the War of 1812.

Michigan History Day is an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s oldest cultural organization.  For more information, visit www.hsmichigan.org.


Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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