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Sierra students honor historical figures, hope to repeat history by working towards national competition

PARKER- For the last six months, Sierra Middle School students have been researching historical figures, collaborating with each other, problem solving, designing and coding websites, hammering and hot gluing exhibits together, creating documentaries and practicing performance pieces. The participants finally had the chance to show off their hard work at the school’s National History Day event on February 9. Students proudly shared their exhibits, theatrical performances, papers, documentaries and original websites for parents, peers, teachers and the community.

The evening was also a competition and kickoff to what the school hopes is another race towards the national competition in June. Last year, three students from Sierra were selected to compete at the national level. In total, twelve students across Douglas County School District participated in the national competition.

“There have been high hopes and expectations from our teachers,” said Will Callahan, a seventh grader who, along with his friend Sophia Leonard, focused on Nikola Tesla for their project.

Attendees of the event served as judges to determine who will represent Sierra in the regional competition. In addition to the depth of knowledge exhibited and quality and content of the presentations, students were also expected to explain their learning process.

“Our original idea was to do our project on Thomas Edison, but we did a little more research and found out that Edison double crossed Tesla,” explained Callahan.

“So we really wanted to get Tesla’s point of view on his way of doing things,” added Leonard.

While the project and competition primarily involved eighth graders, Leonard and Callahan were part of a select group of seventh graders who had the opportunity to get a head start.

“It’s been awesome,” said Callahan. Getting the experience to do this in seventh grade is going to make next year incredible.”

“Now that we have a lot more experience on how to do everything we’ll be able to do it faster, we’ll be able to do it cleaner and we’ll be able to do a lot better,” added Leonard. “It has really helped us with problem solving skills, collaboration skills, and more.”

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization that promotes the study of history through year-long project based programs, while additionally teaching critical thinking skills, writing and research skills, preparing students for college and citizenship and inspiring kids to achieve more than they ever thought they could.

 

Sierra Middle School National History Day Regional Finalists

 

Exhibit - Group

       





1

Washington’s Spies

Aimee Zinter

Emily Broecker

2

Atomic Bomb

Jack Eddington

Harrison Cassel

3

Apollo 11

Sydney Brown

Lisa Bloomfield

4

Disney

Anslea Dean

Adie Smyth

Kira Peterson

Megan Arnett

5

Glorietta

Tyler Kenny

Matthew McCarthy

    

 

Exhibit - Individual

 





1

Margaret Bush Wilson

Riley Mundell

2

Mormonism - Westward Movement

Erin Joost

3

Military Medical Advances

Jil Tolson

4

Forensics

Rachael Brunette

5

Blitzkreg

Aiden Cowles

 

Performance - Group

         





1

Elvis

Lillie Fitzsimmons, Livi Hughes, Frankie Davis, Bella Rushman

2

Women’s Rights

Olivia Jacobs, Elisabeth Pope, Grace Kennedy, Annie Clark

 

Performance - Individual

     





1

Amelia Earhart

Helen Campbell

2

Seneca Falls

Lily Kall

3

Child Labor

Elena McWilliams

4

Serial Killers

Melia Singh

5

 

Rose Gooslby

 

Documentary - Group

 





1

Disney

Reagan McCann, Ashlee Price, Tegan Graham

2

Underground Railroad

Josie W, Macey Lanier

3

Steve Jobs

Rylie Milano, Josh Linero, Sam Hunter

 

Documentary - Individual

     





1

Greek Myths

Ethan Bowers

2

The Holocaust

Logan Cottle

3

Freak Shows

Maddy Gower

 

Website - Group

 





1

101st Airborne

Jason T, Blake Olson, Jack Aragon

2

Evolution of Film

Kylie Scavo, Ryan Wagner Kyla Fresquez

3

Small Pox

Reed W, Luke A, Gage G, Kaihl G

4

Chernobyl

Robbie Clark, Cody D, Zach

5

Amelia Earhart

Sarah Heller, Melinda Johnson

 

Website - Individual

         





1

Alan Turing

Zachary Curtis

2

Ancient Egypt

Katie Baker

 

Paper - Individual

      





1

Computers

Tim Rieniche

2

Terracotta Warriors

Lelui Towery

3

 

Josh Magyar

4

 

Henry Spencer

5

 

Cheryl

 

 

February 26, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Middle School Education, Schools

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