Local students qualify for National History Day contest

INDIANAPOLIS — More than a dozen Brown County students came home with hardware after winning awards at the biggest National History Day in Indiana state contest to date.

Nearly 500 students took part in the state competition, hosted by the Indiana Historical Society at Ivy Tech’s campus in downtown Indianapolis.

National History Day in Indiana is a yearlong program dedicated to enhancing history education in elementary and secondary schools. To participate, students in grades four through 12 explore a historical topic and use their research to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website.

All first- and second-place state finishers in each junior and senior category are now eligible to compete in The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 12-16 at the University of Maryland, College Park. About 3,000 students will compete at that level.

Medalists and/or special award winners from Brown County:

(Note: “Runner-up” is technically a third-place finish. In the event that the first- or second-place finisher cannot attend the national contest, the runner-up will be invited to compete.)

Youth Group Documentary
Second: Cadence Kemp and Marqi Satter, Sprunica Elementary

Youth Individual Documentary
Second: Emerson Blankenship, Sprunica

Youth Paper
First: Chase Austin, Brown County Intermediate School

Youth Individual Performance
First: Brock Bragg, BCIS
Runner-up: Livie Austin, Van Buren Elementary School

Youth Group Website
Second: Lexie Austin and Clayton Austin, Van Buren

Youth Individual Website
First: Amelia Shirley, Van Buren
Second: Madalyn Purlee, Van Buren

Junior Individual Website
First: Emily Earnshaw, Brown County Junior High School (nationals bid)
Runner-up: Noah Cochran, BCJHS

Senior Paper
Second: Elisabeth Huls, Brown County High School (nationals bid)

International History Prize winners ($200 cash prize) Chloee Robison and Evelyn Pool, BCJHS

Read about all the local students who went to the state contest here: http://www.bcdemocrat.com/2016/04/19/local_students_win_bids_to_state_history_contest/