Local students honored at National History Day in Indiana contest

Bowen Basker - Grace Zerbel - Bailey Darnell (Photos courtesy of Indiana Historical Society)

Several local students took top honors at the 2018 National History Day in Indiana contest.

The students explored topics such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Missouri Compromise and the Burr-Hamilton duel.

From the Indiana Historical Society:

Organized by the Indiana Historical Society, the contest, held Saturday, April 14 at Ivy Tech's campus in downtown Indianapolis, included 500 competitors from across the state of Indiana. All first- and second-place state finishers in each junior and senior category are now eligible to compete in the National Contest for National History Day, June 9 through 15, in College Park, Maryland.

The National Contest will be the final stage in a series of contests at state and regional levels. Students in grades four through 12 began this year's National History Day journey by exploring a historical subject. Students then used their research to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website with the theme "Conflict and Compromise in History."

Students qualified to state by taking part in regional contests where volunteer judges worked in teams to evaluate projects and rank winners. All regional finalists advanced to the state contest, where students also had the chance to win special prizes for Indiana history topics.

NHDI is presented by the Indiana National Guard, The Richard W. and Irene Rooker Family Foundation, TCU Foundation, Vigran Family Foundation and Junior League of Indianapolis. For more information, visit indianahistory.org/historyday or call (317) 232-1882.

Local 2018 NHDI State Contest Medalists*
*All first- and second-place winners in the junior and senior categories are eligible for the National Contest for National History Day. Third place winners serve as alternates.

Junior Individual Documentary
1st place, National Qualifier - "Eyeball to Eyeball: The Cuban Missile Crisis"
Bowen Basker
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka

Junior Individual Performance
1st place -"The Treaty of Versailles: Problematic Compromise Leads to Greater Conflict"
Grace Zerbel
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka

Junior Group Performance
1st place, National Qualifier - "The Conflicts and Compromises of Writer and Civil War Solider Ambrose Bierce"
Keller Bailey, Jason Benyousky, Ryun Hoffert and Geoffrey Hochstetler
Edgewood Middle School, Warsaw

Junior Group Exhibit
1st place, National Qualifier - "Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World”
Kaylee Ochoa and Rachel Doyle
Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw

2nd place, National Qualifier - "Hamilton's Plan"
Elena Sullivan, Abby Rahn and Hannah Shapiro
Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw

Junior Individual Website
2nd place - "Countdown to Fate: The Burr-Hamilton Duel"
Bailey Darnell
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka

Junior Individual Performance
2nd place - "The Missouri Compromise of 1820: The Compromise That Aggravated an Already Impending War"
Kathryn Habel
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka

Youth Individual Exhibit
2nd place - "The Battle of the Bear Paw"
Kaleb Johnson
St. Anthony de Padua, South Bend

Junior Individual Performance
3rd place -"And Then the Bombs Fell: The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki"
Elizabeth Ball
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka

Junior Paper
3rd place - "First Nations Women in Canada and the United States: Intermediaries in the New World Conflict"
Sarah Burns
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka


Elizabeth Ball (Photo courtesy of Indiana Historical Society)