2005 National History Day
June 11 - 16, 2005 Washington, D.C. - Research into topics ranging from Jack the Ripper to the New York Newsboys Stike helped four Minnesota entries at the National History Day competition to be recognized as national champions in their categories. In all, thirteen entries from Minnesota won national honors during the week-long competition at the University of Maryland. The 55 Minnesota students joined 2,000 other students from across the nation as they presented their research papers, exhibits, documentaries and dramatic performances.
The students, representing grades 6-12, researched and presented their topics based on the 2005 History Day theme, "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. " The top three national finishers in each category receive monetary awards. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500 and third place receives $250. National History Day also recognizes one outstanding state entry in each division, junior and senior, with a medal.
Congratulations to all the entries from Minnesota at National History Day 2005!
First and Second Place finishers include:
Dustin McEvoy, from South High School in Minneapolis, took first place in the senior individual documentary category with his entry, "The Ripper Reformation: Communicating Fear, Social Understanding, and Political Reform."
Laurel Starr, Molly Hensley-Clancy, Brenna Kruse, and Rachel Svanoe, from Anne Sullivan Communication Center and Seward Montessori in Minneapolis, earned first place for their Junior group performance, "Finding the Courage to Communicate: The New York Newsboys Strike of 1899."
Kelly Rexon, from the Cyber Village Academy in Bloomington received second place for her junior individual exhibit, "Unlocking the Code: The Key to Understanding German Enigma Machine Secret Communications During WWII."
Ari Resnick from Southwest High School in Minneapolis earned second place for his senior paper, "President Carter's Communications at Camp David: The Key to Peace and Understanding Between Israel and Egypt."
Other top winners were:
Nicholas Herringer, Daniel Holthus, and Madeline Schmidt of Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake, placed 4th for their junior group documentary, "Understanding the Dream-Communicating the Message of Martin Luther King, Jr."
Erin Swenson-Klatt of FAIR School in Minneapolis received 4th place for her junior paper, "Bringing the Slums to Light: The Way 'How the Other Half Lives' Changed the Manner in Which Americans Viewed the Slums."
Jessica Christy of Breck School received 5th place for her junior paper, "The Sedition Acts: Limiting the Communication of Free Speech in Early America." Jessica also received the Outstanding State Entry Award in the junior division.
Aaron Beswick and Amber McGuire of DeLaSalle High School received 5th place for their senior group performance, "The Crisis vs. Opportunity: The Key to Understanding the Negro Community." These students also received the African American History Award in the senior division.
Jennifer Walker of South High School in Minneapolis received 6th place for her senior individual exhibit, "Solidarnose: Communicating Solidarity in Poland." Jennifer also received the Outstanding State Entry Award in the senior division.
Zane Sacarelos, Azalea Fricke, Dominique Scheeler and Donald Bluhm of Christ Household of Faith School in St. Paul received 6th place for their senior group performance, "Communicating Effectively to the Masses: The 1927 Radio Act."
Clayton Aldern of St. Francis Junior High School received 11th place for his junior individual performance, "This is London: Edward R. Murrow and Communication through Broadcast Journalism."
Sarah Parker and Mathilde Mouw of Southwest High School received 12th place for their senior group exhibit, "Allen Ginsberg and 'Howl': Communicating and Understanding of the Times Through Poetry."
Melissa Brown of White Bear Lake High School - North Campus received 13th place for her senior paper, "Silence=Death: Surgeon General Koop Breaks the Reagan Administration's Silence on AIDS."