29 students earn top honors in District 10 History Day competition

Twenty-nine students claimed top spots in the 2011 District 10 National History Day in Ohio competition held at Marietta College on Saturday, March 19.

Students in grades 6-12 from an eight-county region in Southeastern Ohio—Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington counties—were eligible to compete at the event by preparing imaginative exhibits, original performances, media documentaries, web sites and research papers related to this year’s theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

Marietta College’s History Department and Legacy Library sponsored the District 10 event.

“This year, it was great to see both an increase in the number of participating schools, as well as a wide range of high-quality entries,” said Dr. Matt Young, chair of the History Department and co-coordinator of the event.

Students participate in History Day events at the district, state and national levels. Historians, scholars, educators, and professionals in related fields evaluate students’ work at each level. Winners from district events will compete against 600 or more entries in the state event April 30 at Columbus State Community College in Columbus. Fifty will be selected to compete at National History Day, June 12-16, at the University of Maryland in College Park.

“The History Day competition is a great event for introducing middle and high school students to historical research on an interesting theme each year,” said Dr. Douglas Anderson, co-coordinator for the district competition and Director of the Legacy Library at Marietta College. “Social Studies teachers find it a valuable tool for engaging their students.” 

District 10 students qualifying for competition at the state level include:

Junior Individual Exhibit—Christy Heisler, Bryce A.T. Knoch, Thomas Torbett, Marietta Middle School, Washington County; Abigail Neal, Colin Slaboden, Dresden Elementary School, Muskingum County.

Junior Group Exhibit—Maddie Myers, Emily Coleman, Marietta Middle School, Washington County; Alizza Bonifield, Maria Johnson, Tara Prouty, Samantha Lawler, Maddie Myers, Makenna Stones, Dresden Elementary School, Muskingum County.

Senior Research Paper—Rachel Clarke, St. Clairsville, Belmont County; Erin Hill, Marietta High School.

Junior Research Paper—Jack Clarke, St. Clairsville, Belmont County.

Junior Group Web Site—Trey Annis, Ethan Harris, Kadin Kenily, Aaron Ross, Tanner Bryan, Bryce Farmer, Cooper Waggle, Dresden Elementary School, Muskingum County.

Junior Individual Web Site—Ryan Harris, Dresden Elementary School, Muskingum County.

Senior Individual Web Site—Justin Warner, Marietta High School.

Junior Group Documentary—Menly Lutz, Tyler Pitcock, Madison Richards, Ellee Scott, Dresden Elementary School, Muskingum County.

National History Day in Ohio is co-sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society and funded in part by contributions from Cargill Deicing, the Toledo Community Foundation, the Columbus Foundation, ICF Foundation, Porter Wright Law Firm, and the Junior League of Columbus.

For more information about the district event, please contact Dr. Matt Young at (740) 376-4627 or Dr. Douglas Anderson at (740) 376-4758, Marietta College, or histday@marietta.edu.

The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, natural history and archaeology. For more information about programs and events, visit www.ohiohistory.org.