COLUMBUS — The Ohio History Day state competition was April 30 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Ohio History Day is an educational program for students in grades 4-5 and 6-12. Each year, students conduct research based on a theme and create historical papers, original performances, documentaries, creative exhibits and imaginative websites as a result of their research. It is led by the Ohio History Connection and is an affiliate of the National History Day program.
Students competed in five categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites. The top entries were invited to the national contest held June 12–16. Students presented their work related to the theme Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The first and second place winners will compete in the national competition, with the third place winner as an alternate.
River Valley and South Gallia high school students were recognized for their achievements at the Ohio History Day competition. Both earned first place nods in their respective categories.
Senior individual performance
• First place: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Encounter with the Face of Evil: the German Church and the Jewish Question, Brianna McGuire, Cheshire, River Valley High School.
• Second place: Fanny Kemble’s Encounter with Slavery: The Story of America’s Most Unlikely Abolitionist, Stephanie Michalek, North Eaton, Christian Community School.
• Third place: Schoenbrunn: Exploring a New Kind of Exchange, Hannah Robinson, Fairlawn, Christian Home Educators Co-Op.
Senior individual exhibit
• First place: I Am an American: The Exploration, Encounter and the Exchange of Japanese Pursuing the American Dream, Kirstin Burnette, Crown City, South Gallia High School.
• Second place: Fire on a River, Spark for a Movement: The Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969, Emma Neil, Shaker Heights High School.
• Third place: Encounter and Exchange: John Johnston and the Falls Creek Massacre, Anne Fletcher, Piqua High School.
National History Day began in Cleveland in 1974. The mission of National History Day is to provide students with opportunities to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills through the study of history and to provide educators with resources and training to enhance classroom teaching. Before competing in the national contest, students first compete in the annual state competition, Ohio History Day, which is coordinated by the Ohio History Connection.
For more information about the program, visit www.ohiohistory.org.