Michigan Students Win Top Honors at National History Day

June 17, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, MD—Fifty-two Michigan students competed at National History Day outside of Washington, DC this week.

Three students from Michigan reached the top tier of competitors making the final rounds of competition.

Over 2,400 students competed from across the nation in National History Day this year, held on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.  Only a handful of students advanced in each category to the final round.  These top tier Michigan students presented their very best projects at National History Day 2010.

“National History Day was a resounding success.  It represents the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of work on projects in a variety of categories.  Competing here is a great achievement for our students,” commented Shannon White, Historical Society of Michigan Assistant Director and Michigan’s State Coordinator for National History Day.  “The Michigan delegation was cheered on by their supporting parents, siblings, teachers, sponsors and friends.  Everyone is very proud of the work done by these Michigan students.”

Michigan students competing at National History Day were from the following cities: Ada, Atlantic Mine, Bay City, Belmont, Canton, Comstock Park, Detroit, Dollar Bay, Gobles, Grand Rapids, Hancock, Holland, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Montague, Northville, Plymouth, Portage, Rockford, Saginaw, South Haven, South Range, Whitehall and Ypsilanti.

Clara Cullen from Forest Hills Eastern High School in Grand Rapids and her website entry, “The Gaelic Athletic Association: Preserving a Nation with Recreation” won the prestigious Best Entry in Irish or Irish-American History. Best Entry in Irish or Irish American History is sponsored annually by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians.  The medals awarded to students are in honor of Commodore John Barry USN (1745-1803) who was a native of Ireland and considered the father of the U.S. Navy. Clara’s History Day teacher is Lea Sevigny.

Alayna Klco from Whitehall High School received the U.S. Constitution Award for her performance, “The United States Constitution: Innovative Ideas Form a Living Document and Breathe Life into a Nation.”  This special award is sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration and is awarded to an entry that uses the records of the Federal government to either illuminate the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution or to focus on Constitutional issues throughout American history.  Alayna’s History Day coach is Jan Klco.

Meg Morrow from Forest Hills Eastern Middle School in Grand Rapids advanced to the Junior division finals with her documentary “The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893: The Architecture That Changed the City” about the Chicago World’s Fair.  Her documentary highlighted the innovations of the event and their lasting impact on architecture and the image of the city of Chicago. Her History Day teacher is Jim Cross.

Two students received awards for Outstanding Entry from Michigan.  Summer Klomp, Whitehall High School student, placed twelfth in the nation with her paper “Sesame Street: Sweepin’ the Clouds of Insensitivity, Intolerance, and Injustice Away through Innovative Children’s Television Programming.” Summer’s History Day coach is Jan Klco.

Kellie Rankey from Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy placed thirteenth in the nation on her first trip to the national competition with her Junior paper, “Kevlar-Five Times Stronger than Steel,” highlighting the invention of the Kevlar material and it’s innovative uses.  Kellie’s History Day teacher is Lisa Millar.

More information on the Michigan History Day program is available at www.hsmichigan.org or by contacting the Historical Society of Michigan at (517) 324-1828.


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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