State History Day Winners Announced

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Release dated: 
May 1, 2010
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen
Marketing and Communications

Tim Hoogland
Minnesota History Day Coordinator
Phone: 651-503-9326

State History Day Winners Announced

On Saturday, May 1, more than 1,000 middle- and high-school students competed at the State History Day Competition at the University of Minnesota. The first- and second-place winners from each of 16 project categories earned an invitation to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 13-17.

Students presented projects in the categories of exhibits, documentary films, historical performances, web sites and research papers, based on the 2010 History Day theme, "Innovation in History: Impact and Change."

The two top junior division and senior division entries from around the state are:

Senior Paper

Ariel O'Neill, Blake School, Minneapolis, "Hijacked: How One Man's Humanitarian Innovative Led to the Rise of Agriculture"
Austin Gromatzky, Blake School, Minneapolis, "Southdale Regional Shopping Center"

Junior Paper

Eliza Edwards, Parkview Center School, Roseville, "Sesame Street: Impacting the World of Children's Learning"
Tasha Holtman, Sanford Middle School, Minneapolis, "There's No Place Like Home: The Evolution of Child Welfare"

Senior Web Site

Amanda Jenkins, Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul, "The New Hollywood Movement: Revitalizing Hollywood"
Kyle Young, Jamie Carreno-Moran, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, "Peter Drucker's Theory of Modern Management"

Junior Web Site

Chloe Boehm, Parkview Center School, Roseville, "The Kenny Method: Polio Rehabilitation, Treating the Untreatable"
Nikita Salovich, Liam Plambeck, Capitol Hill Magnet School, St. Paul, "W.H.R. Rivers: Healing Minds Beyond His Time"

Senior Individual Performance

Clara Linehan, Chisago Lakes High School, Chisago Lakes, "Betty Crocker: Innovations in Advertising to Women"
Emma Weber, Highland Park Senior High, St. Paul, "Title IX's Effect on Women and High School Athletics"

Junior Individual Performance

Alexa Groenke, Oak Grove Middle School, Bloomington, "The American Indian Movement: The Innovation, Impact and Change of American Indian Activism"
Olivia Heusinkveld, Robbinsdale Middle School, Robbinsdale, "Look What I Can Do! The Innovation of the Special Olympics"

Senior Group Performance

Joseph Gifford, Jenni Klejeski, Bekah Nelson, John Paul II Homeschool, Ham Lake, "From Institutions to Integration: Innovation in Thought Toward the Mentally Disabled"
Andrew Eerdmans, William Eerdmans, Fergus Falls High School, Fergus Falls, "Divided Highways: The Impact and Change of the Interstate"

Junior Group Performance

Katie Kostohris, Maggie Schmidt, Kateri Schmidt, Anna Jacobs, Kostohris Homeschool, West St. Paul, "Bulwark Against the Brewery: The Innovation of Scientific Temperance Institution"
Monica Nelson, Sarah Becker, John Paul II Homeschool, Ham Lake, "March of Dimes: Innovating American Fundraising One Dime at a Time"

Senior Individual Documentary

Bailey Hilgren, Chosen Valley Sr./Jr. High, Chatfield, "The Exploratorium! It's About Understanding"
Molly Nemer, Henry Sibley High School, West St. Paul, "Innovation Refrigeration: A Chilling History"

Junior Individual Documentary

Mindy Viavattine, Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake, "Taconite: Minnesota's Gold Rush"
Joey Keiski, Lake Harriet Community School, Minneapolis, "Minneapolis Park System"

Senior Group Documentary

Jennifer Lor, Norma Romero Rodriguez, St. Paul Open School, St. Paul, "Satyagraha: An Innovation for Change through Non-Violent Resistance"
Megan Howell, Kate Wageman, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, "The Guthrie: A Revolution in Theater"

Junior Group Documentary

Kelly Lee, Abigail Remiarz, Kayla Schneider, Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake, "Retractable Seatbelts"
Lydia Newman-Heggie, Guanai Gomez-VanCortright, Friends School of Minnesota, St. Paul, "Conquering Pain"

Senior Individual Exhibit

Elizabeth Nussbaum, Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul, "The 1933 Minnesota Hormel Sit-Down: A Revolutionary Way of Striking"
Rachael Pilgrim, Homeschool Pilgrim, Shoreview, "Piano e Forte"

Junior Individual Exhibit

Grace Kirkpatrick, Breck School, Minneapolis, "China's One-Child Policy"
Katherine Wald, Parkview Center School, Roseville, "In Southdale, Gruen ... Made a Beginning"

Senior Group Exhibit

Lisa Otto, Maureen Boyce, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, "Joseph Lister: Surgical Hero"
Megan Fritz, Ashley Jorgenson, Taylor Amberg, Fergus Falls High School, "Soo Locks"

Junior Group Exhibit

Adam Kneepkens, William Menor, Holy Rosary School, Duluth, "Bypassing Bypass Surgery: Coronary Balloon Angioplasty"
Franny Miller, Liza Miller, Breck School, Minneapolis, "Communication through Touch: The Impact of Braille on the Blind"

For more information about Minnesota History Day, including a list of student presenters and their topics, call 651-259-3425 or see the National History Day in Minnesota page on the Minnesota Historical Society’s web site at

National History Day in Minnesota is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota Department of History. Major funding is provided by 3M, David M. Larson, the Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota, and Matt Entenza and Lois Quam. Program support is provided by the James J. Wolf Memorial Fund and the Farfellow Foundation. Additional assistance is provided by Patrice and Gerry Halbach.

The National History Day program has been recognized as a leader in facilitating academic achievement. By co-sponsoring the program, the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota become key partners in classroom achievement. Thousands of students make use of the Society’s archives, the University’s libraries, and other online resources, museums, and historic sites each year.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.