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History Day Regional Competition Honorees

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More than 40 students from Orono Middle School competed in the Metro Junior West Regional History Day Competition. Of those, 13 students qualified for the state competition or earned an Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all students who worked incredibly hard to develop and present their research. State History Day 2020 will be a virtual competition.

National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. History Day reinforces concepts Orono students are learning in class: how to conduct in-depth research; how to identify and use primary and secondary source materials; read, analyze and synthesize a variety of texts and materials; and write and present historical content.

This year, students chose a topic related to the 2020 History Day theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.” They presented their research in one of five categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, or Website.

Thank you to Orono instructors Jared Shogren, Bill Rosati, Katie Stanley and Kirsten Huppler for advising and inspiring our students to apply their learning through the National History Day competition.

Please join us in congratulating the following students:  

Lauren Masica
Individual Website: “Florence Nightingale: The Pioneer in Modern Nursing,”
State Qualifier

Amelia Hawley, Lily Nick and Veronica Anderson
Group Website: “Munich Massacre (1972),” State Qualifier

Calista Radintz
Individual Exhibit: “The Minnesota Semi Starvation Study,” State Qualifier

Eliza Hansen 
Individual Exhibit: “William Tyndale – The Man Who Gave Us the English Bible,” State Qualifier

Lucia Becerra 
Individual Performance: “Amalia Hernandez and Her Journey of Dance,” State Qualifier

Alex Paulsen and Sophie Staloch
Group Exhibit: “Jackie Robinson,” Honorable Mention

Abbey Henry and Jade Kolbe
Group Documentary: “Trail of Tears,” Honorable Mention

Henry Shafer
Paper: “The Unlikely Triumph of Apollo 13,” Honorable Mention

Woody Fields
Paper: “The Controversial Decision,” Honorable Mention