Liberty Bell 8th and 10th Graders Shine at National History Day – Regional Finals

Liberty Bell at National History Day Regionals 2018On February 24th, eleven 10th graders and fourteen 8th graders attended the Regional History Day Competition at Eastern Washington University in Cheney to compete in the Junior and Senior levels against students from 15 other secondary schools in the region. The students presented projects that were the culminating products of their individual inquiries into this year’s theme: Conflict and Compromise in History.

This year’s students chose to communicate their historical arguments and research through papers, websites and documentary films. The top 3 finishers, as judged by a panel, earned the right to go on to the State competition in April.

This year’s finalists from Liberty Bell are:

Documentary Films
Elke Wathen, Wyatt Albright, Jessica Dinham, Stella Gitchos and Ayeanna Ruprecht

Amelia Bondi , Sophie Eberline, Payten Kaufman, Noah Holston and Eli Neitlich

Grade 10 Regional Participants

  • Nathaniel Batson, Naomi Carter & Galen Fonda, Okinawa: Gateway to War’s End
  • Cheyenne Fonda & Julie Mealey, The Space Race
  • Ali Palm & Maya Sheely, The DDT Story: An Environmental Battle
  • Walker Hall & Colton Overbeck, The Khmer Rouge: Political Crisis and Resolution
  • Novie McCabe & Gretta Scholz, Hetch Hetchy, The Raker Bill, and the Organic Act of 1916

Grade 8 Regional Participants

  • Amelia Bondi & Sophie Eberline (with Payten Kaufman) • A Witches Brew: Fear, Hysteria, Mysticism and a desire for Power
  • Brian Lopez-Velasco & Gael Pacheco • Creating the ESRB
  • Eli Neitlich (with Noah Holston) • Outrage in Owens Valley: Conflict and Compromise
  • Kieren Quigley • Collaboration Over Competition: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • Elke Wathen • Maria Montessori: A Crusader for Education
  • Lilia & Mahali Kuzyk & Mariah Lucy • Jane Goodall and the Chimps
  • Wyatt Albright & Jessica Dinham • Jesse Owens’ Fight for Racial Equality
  • Stella Gitchos & Ayeanna Ruprecht • Women’s Voting Rights in New Zealand

Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

Please join us as we celebrate the exceptional critical thinking and communication skills displayed by our hard working students and our staff who supported them throughout the process!

Below are links to two projects to serve as examples:

Ali Palm & Maya Sheely • The DDT Story: An Environmental Battle

Novie McCabe & Gretta Scholz • Hetch Hetchy, The Raker Bill, and the Organic Act of 1916