Marshalltown students earn awards at regional National History Day, advance to state

Front (L to R): David Wahl, Aidan Burnside, Olivia Stone, Sam Estrada, Brianna Dean, Phoebe Osgood. Back: Chandler Fisher, Emily Miller, Eve Nettesheim, Carissa King, Jacqueline Wahl, Emily Barske, Therese Kuhlman. Not pictured: Jacob Sears and Darrian Aguilar.

Front (L to R): David Wahl, Aidan Burnside, Olivia Stone, Sam Estrada, Brianna Dean, Phoebe Osgood. Back: Chandler Fisher, Emily Miller, Eve Nettesheim, Carissa King, Jacqueline Wahl, Emily Barske, Therese Kuhlman. Not pictured: Jacob Sears and Darrian Aguilar.

Fifteen Marshalltown students participated in the regional National History Day competition April 6 at Grand View University in Des Moines. Four students came home with Awards of Distinction and two projects qualified for the state contest.

Individuals and groups of students selected topics that relate to this year’s national theme:  Turning Points in History—People, Ideas, Event.  Although topics may cover any aspect of local, regional, national, or world history, the project must relate clearly to the annual theme. After conducting extensive research and analysis of their topics, students created projects to showcase their work.

Students were judged on the historical quality of their project, the extent to which the topic relates to the theme, and on the clarity of their presentation and interview with the judges.

Marshalltown’s participants were:

  • Emily Miller, Eve Nettesheim, Carissa King – Lenihan, Group Exhibit: “Technology and the 1st Computer”
  • Phoebe Osgood, Brianna Dean, Sam Estrada – Lenihan, Group Performance: “Polio”
  • Aidan Burnside, Olivia Stone, David Wahl – Lenihan, Group Exhibit: “The Great Depression”
  • Jacqueline Wahl – Miller, Individual Exhibit: “Nancy Drew: A Turning Point in Girls’ Literature and Lives”
  • Chandler Fisher – MHS, Individual Performance:  “Watergate: The Investigative Impulse That Toppled The President”
  • Emily Barske, Therese Kuhlman – MHS, Group Website: “Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Literary Turning Point”
  • Jacob Sears, Darrian Aguilar – MHS, Group Website: “The Tet Offensive: Turning the Course of the Vietnam War”

Several students received Awards of Distinction in recognition of outstanding working in a particular aspect of their project.  These include:

  • Emily Barske and Therese Kuhlman – Superior Knowledge of Topic
  • Chandler Fisher  – Outstanding Use of Props and Resources
  • Jacqueline Wahl – Outstanding Presentation

Two projects qualified for the state competition, which will be held at the State Historical Society of Iowa on May 6:

  • “Technology and the 1st Computer” by Carissa King, Emily Miller, and Eve Nettesheim
  • “Nancy Drew: A Turning Point in Girls’ Literature and Lives” by Jacqueline Wahl
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