INDIANAPOLIS — More than a dozen Brown County students came home with hardware April 23 after winning awards at the biggest National History Day in the Indiana state contest to date.
Two of them — junior high competitor Emily Earnshaw and senior high competitor Elisabeth Huls — now get to take their work to the national stage.
The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will take place June 12 to 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park. About 3,000 students will compete at the national level.
Nearly 500 students took part in the state competition, hosted by the Indiana Historical Society at Ivy Tech’s campus in downtown Indianapolis; more than 400 students competed in the regional contest hosted at Brown County High School. Fifty-one Brown County students placed high enough in the regional to advance to state.
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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.
“Each year I am involved in History Day, I continue to be amazed at the amount of hard work and time each of my students puts into their project,” said Cynthia Baughman, History Day Coach for Van Buren Elementary. “It is a wonderful experience for these kids, and I’m excited to see them grow and take away more knowledge of their topic than even they imagined they ever would have.”
State medalists and special award winners from Brown County were:
Youth Group Documentary
Second: Cadence Kemp (photo unavailable) and Marqi Satter, Sprunica Elementary
Youth Individual Documentary
Second: Emerson Blankenship, Sprunica
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
Runner-up: Noah Cochran, BCJHS
Second: Elisabeth Huls, Brown County High School
International History Prize
Winners: Chloee Robison and Evelyn Pool, BCJHS. This award carries a $200 cash prize.
Alecia Adams, National History Day coordinator for Brown County High School, is collecting donations to help Emily Earnshaw and Elisabeth Huls compete at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Maryland in June. The students also are undertaking fundraisers, she said.
To donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.