Students Excel at National History Day Regional Competition

Congratulations to the 46 talented and dedicated University School of Milwaukee students who participated in the National History Day (NHD) regional competition at UW-Milwaukee on Feb. 29. This year’s theme was Breaking Barriers in History. Students needed to explain why their topic was important, and how their topic changed history in some way. Students could present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.

In total, USM 8th grade students claimed 12 of the 27 spots in the southeastern region to move on to the state contest, with three students receiving alternate commendations. Nearly 275 middle school students from across Milwaukee participated.

“We are certainly proud of the hard work and talent of all of our students," said Chuck Taft, 8th grade American studies teacher and History department chair. “Special thanks to the parents and family members who supported the kids at the contest (and the entire process), and Elaine [Griffin, head of Middle School], and Francine [Eppelsheimer, Middle School librarian] for cheering the kids on at UWM."

Qualifiers will compete at the state competition on April 18 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Results (8th Grade):
GROUP DOCUMENTARY
STATE FINALIST: Asha Metcalfe, Beatrice Laterman, and Mia Flemma: Silence = Death: ACT UP's Fight Against the AIDS Epidemic
STATE ALTERNATE: Krish Vasudev and Lyle Mondano: Extinguishing the Cigarette Industry
Cameron Krishnaney and Charlie Darrow: Lee Elder, Equalizing Fairways
Nora Markwald and Liza Levchenko: Hattie McDaniel: Unlocking a Future for African Americans in Movies
Coco Raube-Van Bekkum and Elise Stephens: Children Making History - The Birmingham Children's Crusade

GROUP EXHIBIT
STATE FINALIST: Saanvi Sinha and Yenitza Rodriguez: The Journey to Break Through Boundaries - Wilma Rudolph
STATE FINALIST: Isabel Werner and Francesca Drope: Climbing to Glory
Hayden Lurie and Elle Ruvin: Integration is Education
Jack Torinus and Nathan Steinbach: One Night in Birmingham: How Bear Bryant Set Up a Game That Changed Football Forever
Muriel Parrott and Brynn Fitzsimmons: Breaking Racial Barriers Through Fashion: Donyale Luna

GROUP PERFORMANCE
STATE FINALIST: Sophie Mullen and Eden Hausmann: Bringing Down the Stonewall of Silence
GROUP WEBSITE
STATE FINALIST: Tallyn Kubicki and Azara Mason: Kathrine Switzer: Breaking Barriers Through Femininity & Feminism
Marisela Barrutia and Lauren Skowlund: The Story of Virginia Hall "The Limping Lady”

INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY
STATE FINALIST: Jackson Darr: ARPANET: The Beginning of the Information Revolution
STATE FINALIST: Nathan Merriweather: Fighting for Freedom with Fame
Griffin Grebe: Killing The Rhetoric: How JFK Fought Through Adversity to Win The Presidency
Ingrid Nast: Andy Warhol: The Print that Shaped the Century
Aaron Van Genderen: The B-29 Superfortress: Bringing an End to World War II

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT
STATE ALTERNATE: Taylor Troskey: Breaking the Inequality Barrier In Women's Sports
Libby Fultz: Unconscious Ideas: How the Surrealist Movement Changed the World
Samantha Sadoff: Faith, Courage, and Service: The Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune
Ava Stueber: American Girl: Breaking Barriers through Inspiration, Empowerment, and Advocacy

INDIVIDUAL PAPER
STATE FINALIST: August Neumann: U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark: Barred From His Homeland, One Chinese American’s Fight for Birthright Citizenship
STATE FINALIST: Julian Palmer: The March Against Fear
STATE ALTERNATE: Emma Dickinson: One Step At A Time: RBG On Women's Rights

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
STATE FINALIST: Emma Howe: Alice Paul
STATE ALTERNATE: Manaar Jan: Selma

INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE
STATE FINALIST: Noor Malik: Breaking and Building Barriers to Immigration
STATE FINALIST: Srikar Mudili: Executive Order 9981: Desegregating the U.S. Military
Justine Cieslak: Margaret Sanger: The Pioneer of Birth Control
Maxine McAllister: The Belfast Agreement
Hersh Singh: Sikhs Serving in Uniform

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY
STATE FINALIST: Ellie Leverett ’21: Hazel Scott

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic organization for secondary school students. Across the nation each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These entries are entered into competitions during the spring at local, state and national levels, where they are evaluated by professional historians and by other educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June.
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