2013 Michigan History Day State Champions Announced

SAGINAW—More than 120 Michigan elementary, middle, and high school students received top honors at the Michigan History Day State Finals on Saturday, April 27 at Saginaw Valley State University. Finalists in the junior and senior divisions now move on to the national contest, called National History Day, this June in College Park, Maryland.

“We were very impressed with this year’s projects,” said Tamara Barnes, MHD state coordinator. “The students applied this year’s theme—Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events—to everything from the Soo Locks’ impact on the Upper Peninsula to Disney’s Snow White. We’re excited to see what the Michigan delegation will accomplish at the national contest.”

Michigan History Day (National History Day in Michigan) 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.

Winners at the state finals included students from Ada, Ann Arbor, Bangor, Bay City, Brimley, Coleman, Covert, Dafter, Galesburg, Gobles, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Holland, Holly, Kalamazoo, Lake Linden, Lansing, Midland, Muskegon, North Muskegon, Portage, Richland, Sault Ste. Marie, South Haven, Troy, Twin Lake, West Bloomfield, Whitehall, Williamsburg, and Ypsilanti. A full list of winners is available

Michigan History Day is an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s oldest cultural organization. Lead sponsors of History Day include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Meijer, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Amway, Holland Area Historical Society, and Saginaw Valley State University.

For more information, visit www.hsmichigan.org.


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