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National History Day results at SCHS

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By The Staff

Spencer County High School held its 2009 National History Day contest on Wednesday, March 11th.  Thirty juniors participated in their choice of individual or group projects in the areas of historical paper, exhibit, documentary, or performance.  This year’s theme was “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.”

Placing 1st in the individual exhibit category was William (BJ) Holmes with a project about one of the flag raisers at Iwo Jima, Franklin Sousley who was a Kentucky native.

Placing 1st in the group documentary category were Tyler Greenwell and Bressler Wade.  Their documentary was on the legacy of Richard Nixon and focused on the role of Watergate. 

In the group exhibit category, placing first were Alex Poole, Hannah Little, and Chelsea Livingston with a project about Martha Graham, the first lady of modern dance.

Second place was awarded to Jessica Carr, Cassandra Smith, and Tyler Stevens whose project focused on Morrison Heady, a Spencer County native.  Third place in group exhibit was awarded to Jayme Thomas, Kat Luckett, and Chelsea Gross who chose Audrey Hepburn and focused on her role as a Unicef ambassador. 

In the paper category, Taylor Carden, Dorothy Schultz, and Kevin Herndon placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively with projects on Barbara Walters, Carl von Clausewitz, and Antoine Lavoisier.  There was very close competition in this category.

Finally, Taylor Carden was selected as having the most outstanding project and Jessica Carr received a leadership award.  The “class favorite” award went to Tyler Greenwell and Bressler Wade.

This year’s winners will compete at the district competition at U of L on Saturday, March 21st.  Those who place 1st and 2nd at the district will compete at the state level in April.  The national competition will be held in June at the University of Maryland near Washington D.C.

A special thanks to the high school social studies department whose teachers served as judges (Dan Barnett, Lee Anne Day, Tracy Shouse, and Clark Teague).  We would also like to thank Ken Thompson for meeting with the group of students who researched Morrison Heady.  Finally, a big thank you to Chris Riggs of Hometown Pizza for providing individual pizza coupons for prizes.

-Melita Drake, SCHS