Michigan Students Honored at 2013 National History Day

Contact: Tamara Barnes
(517) 324-1828

COLLEGE PARK, MD—Michigan students were among thousands of participants from across the United States and several territories competing in the 2013 National History Day Contest, which took place June 9-13 in College Park, Maryland.

“This year’s theme, Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events, really opened the door to a wide variety of topics and some exceptionally innovative projects,’” said Tamara Barnes, State Coordinator for Michigan History Day (National History Day in Michigan). “We are very proud of the work presented by our students throughout the History Day program.”

Michigan students competing in the National History Day competition represented several cities, including Ada, Ann Arbor, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Gobles, Holland, Kalamazoo, Midland, Portage, South Haven, Troy, and Whitehall.


Natalie Bradshaw, Kayla Gillespie, and Mackenzie Almassian from Northern Hills Middle School in Grand Rapids were selected to represent Michigan at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with their exhibit, “A Dusting of Change.” Natalie, Kayla, and Mackenzie were sponsored by Mary Beth McMahon.

Josiah Sherk from Forest Hills Eastern Middle School in Ada placed 14th in the nation and won the Junior Division Outstanding State Entry for his exhibit, “Red Gold Rush: The Jumpstart to Our Nation’s Copper Industry.” (National History Day recognizes one Outstanding State Entry from each state in the junior and senior divisions.) Josiah was sponsored by James Cross.

Ryan Marshall from Comstock Park High School won the Senior Division Outstanding State Entry for his website, “A Cleaner World.” Ryan was sponsored by Karen Auwers.


The Patricia Behring Award recognizes two teachers from each state, one at the junior level and one at the senior level. John Olvera from Saginaw Science and Arts Academy received the senior division award, and Heather Kronemeyer from Sault Ste. Marie Middle School received the junior division award. Each teacher will receive a cash award of $500 in honor of their contributions to history education through the National History Day program.

National History Day in Michigan—known statewide as 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 the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Meijer Inc., the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, and Amway.


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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