KWHS Hosts Regional History Day Competition

Students Named Regional Finalists


Approximately 80 students from Kelly Walsh, CY, Poison Spider and Centennial took part in the Region 3 History Day event December 15, 2018. Twenty-seven students were selected as regional finalists and will go on to represent their school at the State History Day April 14-15 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students selected topics connected to an annual theme and completed their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme was Triumph and Tragedy in History. Students presented their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

Wyoming History Day has wide support throughout the state, including Wyoming students and teachers, the American Heritage Center, the Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and community businesses including Taco John’s, which sponsors an award for a student competing in the Wyoming History Day program.

Region 3 History Day was the first step in a competition cycle that takes students from the regional level to state and national competitions. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields.

The Wold Foundation, created in 1985 by the Wold family, donated money for monetary awards to the winners of each category. The Wold Foundation exists to assist, encourage and promote charitable, scientific, literacy and educational endeavors. Thanks to Ms. Glenda Thomas, Executive Assistant to Mr. Peter Wold of Wold Oil Properties, for being present to congratulate each of the winners and present their certificates to them.

Ms. Jessica Flock, Wyoming State History Day Coordinator, was also present to congratulate each of the winners and present their certificates to them. Flock has served since 2012 as the Wyoming workshop facilitator for the Teaching with Primary Resources program affiliated with the Library of Congress via the University of Northern Colorado. She has extensive experience as an educator, workshop presenter and business owner, and she has been an active part of the education and heritage communities around the state via presentations with the Wyoming Humanities Council and service with the Laramie Main Street Alliance.

Ms. Flock and Ms. Thomas are pictured with the winners.

Junior Group Documentary

2nd Place: “Triumph After the tragedy of Challenger STS-51-L”
Ms. Thomas, Jayden Moffat, Emma Peterson, Jesse Sulzen, David Gerhard, Ms. Flock,
Payton Raffensperger
School: Poison Spider, Teacher: Dana Curtis

Senior Individual Documentary

2nd Place: “Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979: Triumph and Tragedy” Ms. Flock, Katlyn Lane, Ms. Thomas School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Sally O’Brien

Junior Individual Exhibit

1st Place: “Ford Assembly Line: The Road to Success”
Ms. Flock, Harlee Schamber, Ms. Thomas
School: CY Middle School, Teacher: Whitney Wilking

Senior Individual Exhibit

1st Place: “Love is Love! The Struggle from Interracial Marriage to Same Sex Marriage”
Ms. Thomas, Jayleen Blackford, Ms. Flock
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Paula Volker

Senior Group Exhibit

1st Place: “The Triumphs and Tragedies of the NASA Space Shuttle Development”
Ms. Thomas, Chantel Pena, Caroline Hansen, Abby Boatman, Aubrey Holmberg (not pictured), Ms. Flock
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Paula Volker

2nd Place: “The Triumph of the Mental Health Reform”
Ms. Flock, Breanna Henze, Destiny Edwards, Ms. Thomas
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Paula Volker
3rd Place: “Wilma Rudolph: A Triumphing Olympic Medalist Conquering Polio”
Ms. Thomas, Emily Boyles, Eva Haler (not pictured), Ms. Flock
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Paula Volker

Senior Paper

1st Place: “Albert Einstein and Nuclear Technology” Taylee Siemens School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Cassidy Jerding

2nd Place: “Triumph and Tragedy: The Crushing Defeat of the Powerful Persian Army” Rebekah Wise School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Sally O’Brien

3rd Place: “The Counterculture of the 1960’s” Katherine Prochnow School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Cassidy Jerding

Senior Individual Website

1st Place: “Husband, Father, Murderer: Franz Stangl”
Ms. Flock, Sydney Shupick, Ms. Thomas
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Inga McCoy
2nd Place: “Transforming America One Fast Food Chain at a Time”
Ms. Flock, Maya Altland, Ms. Thomas
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Paula Volker

Senior Group Website

1st Place: “Kent State Paves the Way for Conflict Management and Peaceful Change”
Ms. Flock, Arianna Ellis, Abigail Florence, Ms. Thomas
School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Inga McCoy

2nd Place: “The Redemption of Eva Mozes Kor” Brianna Mahoney, Annie Whittle School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Inga McCoy

3rd Place: “Executive Order 8802: Discrimination in America” Caleb Cockrum, Jordan Tharp School: Kelly Walsh, Teacher: Cassidy Jerding

Congratulations to all the participants for a job well done and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The History Day program in Wyoming is coordinated by the Natrona County School District Athletics & Activities Department.

 
 

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