Midtown Students Advance to National History Day Finals

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has announced finalists for the National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) regional contest. All finalists qualify for the state contest on Saturday, May 6, at Ivy Tech’s Midtown campus, 50 W.  Fall Creek Blvd.

NHDI is a yearlong program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana’s schools. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History,” and students in grades four through 12 used it to explore a historical subject of their choosing. The students then created projects in the form of documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites.

 2017 IPS District Contest Finalists (Midtown Schools)

Individual Documentary – Senior
• “Ruth First: A Freedom Fighter” – Mary Jo Easley, Shortridge High School
• “Gentrification” – Ajani Johnson, Shortridge High School
• “The Richmond Bread Riots” – Asli Mwaafrika, Shortridge High School

Individual Exhibit – Senior
• “Emil Zatopek” – Neby Gebreslassia, Shortridge High School
• “Robert Emmett Fletcher vs. The Nation” – Antonio Cardenas, Shortridge High School
• “Margaret Sanger” – Claire Wallace, Shortridge High School
• “The Founder William” – Jemarcus Garrison, Shortridge High School
• “Witold Pilecki” – Alex Ogden, Shortridge High School
• “The Pentagon Papers” – Chase Cooper, Shortridge High School
• “Eugene V. Debs” – Zoe Bardon, Shortridge High School
• “Work Will Set You Free” – Hannah Penrod, Shortridge High School
• “Thich Quang Duc Self-Immolation” – Dayanara Carvajal, Shortridge High School
• “Little Rock 9: Elizabeth Eckford” – Olivia Richardson, Shortridge High School
• “John Carey: Vietnam Speech” – David Reyes, Shortridge High School
• “The May 4th Movement of 1919” – Yue Yu, Shortridge High School
• “Dietrich Bonhoeffer” – Victor Kitchel, Shortridge High School
• “Chief Joseph vs. Colonization” – Citali Amezcua, Shortridge High School
• “The Korean Flag” – Brittney Pike, Shortridge High School
• “A House Divided: The Scopes Trial” – Eli Schmitt, Shortridge High School
• “Galileo and Censorship by the Church” – Alex Gordon, Shortridge High School
• “The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon” – Alexandra Davis, Shortridge High School
• “The Newsboys Strike of 1899” – Armando Castaneda, Shortridge High School

Group Exhibit – Senior
• “The Black Panthers Movement” – Generen Lynch and Antonio Flannigan, Shortridge High School
• “All in the Bigotry” – Olivia Cropper and Chloe Valdez, Shortridge High School

Individual Performance – Senior
• “Naomi Weisstein and Social Feminism” – Lily Weidenbach, Shortridge High School

Group Performance – Senior
• “Am I Really Bad?” – Autumn Senseney and Stormy Thomas, Shortridge High School

Individual Website – Senior
• “Juliette Gordon Low” – Mia May, Shortridge High School
• “Aung San Seu Kyi” – Sergio Castillo, Shortridge High School
• “The Union Literary Institute” Elijah Webster, Shortridge High School

Group Website – Senior
• “Prophet Muhammad: Taking a Stand” – Ranya Abedelmalik and Alfiya Babiker, Shortridge High School

Senior Paper
• “The Munster Rebellion” – Francis Van Schaik, Shortridge High School
• “Henry Ford” – Dylan Stucker, Shortridge High School
• “Farabundo Marti” – Linsey Rodas-Hernandez, Shortridge High School
• “William Wilberforce: And His Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade” – Elijah Abrego, Shortridge High School
• “Prudence Crandall” – Marquia Webster, Shortridge High School
• “Standing Up to Old Traditions: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss” – Walker Perkins, Shortridge High School

Junior Paper
• “Virginia Jenckes: Making a Difference in Congress and the World” – Caroline Potts, St. Richard’s Episcopal School
• “Lyric Soprano Luvena Dethridge – Pioneer of the 20th Century” – Abigail George, St. Richard’s Episcopal School
• “Freedom Seekers – The Underground Railroad in Indiana” – Alivia Terry, St. Richard’s Episcopal School
• “Preserving Our Natural Heritage – Richard Lieber and the Creation of the Indiana State Park System” – Daniel Melbert, St. Richard’s Episcopal School
For more information look online or call (317) 232-1882. NHDI contests are sponsored by IHS, with support from the Hoover Family Foundation, the Richard W. and Irene Rooker Family Foundation, the TCU Foundation and the Vigran Family Foundation.

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