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Storm Lake Community School District was well represented at the State of Iowa National History Day State Competition at the Iowa Events Center on May 8th. Almost 600 young historians showed off their research projects related to the theme “Taking a Stand in History.” Winners from 21 schools – a new record – will proceed to the national contest next month near Washington, D.C.!

 

Middle school student Arely Ramirez won the Outstanding Entry Related to Science and Engineering with her exhibit board titled, “Percy Julian, Pioneer of Synthetic Plant Chemistry.” And eighth grader Sarah Olson qualified to participate at the National Competition in College Park, Maryland in June with her historical paper titled, “Standing on the Same Stage: Benny Goodman and His African American Band Members.”

 

Storm Lake High School had five entries in the history day competition: two websites, a documentary, a group exhibit, and an individual exhibit. Although no high school entries are advancing to the national competition this year, two entries earned superior comments and qualified for finals at the state level: a group website titled, “Ryan White’s Courageous Fight: Taking a Stand for AIDS Awareness” by Jessica Baker, Cody Baker, Molly Gallagher, and Thomas Olson; and a group documentary by Lessly Ortega and Daniel Mendoza titled, “”Taking a Stand Against Nazi Power: A ‘Turing’ Point in History.” A second website entry by Raul Arevalo and Zeus Velazquez, “The Battle for Leyte Gulf: Taking a Stand Against the Japanese,” was praised by the judges for its historical accuracy. Seth Berglund and Christopher Boom earned high marks from the judges, especially for their creativity and passion for their topic, in their exhibit titled, “Stalemate, Savagery, and the Spanish Flu: Trench Warfare Along the Western Front.” Another exhibit entry by Cobe Berglund, “Standing Tall: The People Versus The Berlin Wall,” earned praise from the judges for his design and craftsmanship.

 

We are really proud of these students and their hard work and commitment to these projects.

Front Row (left to right): Arely Ramirez, Mrs. Robinson, Hser Ku Htoo, Kael Fang, Christopher Bermudez, and Ma Sha Hser
Back row (left to right): Che Der Ya Moo, Sandar Myint, Sarah Olson, Bailey Clipperton, and Aiden Phillips

Sarah Olson and Mary Cownie, Iowa Department of Cultural Affiairs Director.  Sarah Olson’s historical paper titled, “Standing on the Same Stage: Benny Goodman and His African American Band Members” will advance to the national competition in Maryland in June.

Arely Ramirez and her exhibit board titled, “Percy Julian, Pioneer of Synthetic Plant Chemistry” which won the Outstanding Entry Related to Science and Engineering.