National History Day National Competition
Cody Baker (left), Thomas Olson (center), and Molly Gallagher (right) represented Storm Lake High School at the national competition for History Day June 11-16, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. These three scholars competed with the top two contestants in their categories from each state and from affiliates around the world.
The 2016 theme was “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” Cody Baker created a website titled “NAFTA: Three Nations’ Exploration of Economic Exchange and the Triumphs and Trials Encountered.” Cody Baker was a finalist in the senior website division and won the Outstanding State Entry award. Thomas Olson wrote a historical paper titled “Nuclear Energy: Scientific Explorations, Exchanges, and Encounters.” Molly Gallagher created a documentary titled “The Chicken of Tomorrow: The Exchanged that Transformed the Bird.”
The students lived on the University of Maryland campus, competed, and met other students from around the country and the world. When the students were not involved on campus, they enjoyed traveling on the metro to Washington, D.C.
Some of the off campus activities included trips to the national monuments, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden, the Capitol, and paddle boating in the tidal basin.
These students represented Storm Lake High School very well. Their teachers are Priscilla Robinson and Christina Rice. Next year’s History Day theme is “Taking a Stand in History.”