Nine Le Mars Community Middle School Students will advance to National History Day state competition on April 28 at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines. Their projects placed either first or second in their category at National History Day district competition at Western Hills AEA in Sioux City on March 22. Thirty-nine Le Mars Community students participated in district competition.
This year's winners were all from Le Mars Community Schools and Akron-Westfield Schools.
Categories and students placing in the Junior Division (grades 6-8):
* Historical Paper
First place -- Katelyn Lawson, Le Mars, "Dividing Rights: Apartheid in South Africa"
Second place -- Leah Morrison, Le Mars, "Behind the Iron Curtain: Violated Rights and Abused Responsibilities"
* Individual Exhibit
First place -- Casey Leonard, Le Mars, "The Holocaust: Persecution and Liberation"
Second place -- Jeff Burwitz, Le Mars, "The Emancipation Proclamation"
* Group Exhibit
First place -- Scott Juhl and Trevor Timperley, Le Mars, "Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust"
Second place -- Brooke Smalley and Riley De Vos, Le Mars, "Girls Got Game: Title IX"
* Individual Performance
First place -- Jessica Horton, Akron-Westfield, "Title IX: R & R for Women"
Second place -- none
* Group Performance
First place -- Holly Borchers, Jessica Chesher and Kelsie Harvey, Akron-Westfield, "Kids at Work"
Second place -- Carissa Westergard, Shelby Johnson and Mackenzie Heyl, Akron-Westfield, "The 1915 American Genocide"
* Individual Documentary
First place -- Kara Reed, Akron-Westfield, "Ruby Bridges: Rights to an Education for Blacks-- Responsibilities for Government and Schools"
Second place -- Cassie Lassen, Le Mars, "Women's Sports and Title IX" There were no group documentary placings and no entries in the Senior Division of the program.
Place winners received medals and will represent their schools at the state competition at the State Historical Building in Des Moines, April 28 and May 5, for junior and senior divisions, respectively. State winners advance to National History Day in June at the University of Maryland in College Park.
All Le Mars students in Jeanne Rust's Challenge class and are in the 7th grade except for Casey Leonard, a sixth grader.
Students researched topics of their choice which fit the broad theme "Rights and Responsibilities in History."
The National History Day program provides students with an opportunity to do comprehensive research on their topics and to present their findings. Students are expected to do wide, balanced research and to place their topics in historical context.
The national program is designed to allow students to learn more about history through disciplines such as social studies, languages, literature, music or art. It also gives students a chance to meet and have their work judged by history professionals.
Judy Van Middendorp of Western Hills AEA coordinated History Day activities. Judges were Larry Benne, Mike Hanna, Alan Hansen, Roger Hess, Martha Kaufman, Mark Monson, Sharon Ocker, Kathy Perret, Theresa Weaver and Naomi Ziller.