Triumph and Tragedy: MVSD Student, Keeley Brooks Takes First Place at National History Day State Contest, Qualifies for National Contest in Washington, D.C.

Keeley BrooksLate Tuesday, we learned that Keeley Brooks took top honors at the National History Day State State Contest in the Senior Individual Website category, qualifying her to participate the NHD National Contest scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. in June.

Led by Liberty Bell teachers David Aspholm and Scott Barber, supported by Rebecca Shoup and the Public School Funding Alliance, Liberty Bell 8th and 10th grade students made a strong impression at the National History Day regional competition that took place earlier this winter, with many taking top honors and advancing to the state competition.

Throughout the fall and winter, Liberty Bell students engaged in research associated with a variety of topics based on the theme Triumph & Tragedy in History. Students asked questions about time, place and context, cause and effect, change over time, impact, and significance related to their chosen themes.

As part of the research process, students were asked to consider not only when and where events happened, but analyze why they occurred, the factors contributed to their development, and draw conclusions about how the topic influenced and was influenced by people, ideas, or events.

A Recap Leading Up to the State and National Contest

At the Regional Contest, the top two finalists in each category moved on to state competition. As you will see by the list below, our students performed well, taking the highest honors in every category.

Senior Individual Documentary

First Place – Greta Laesch, “Bloody Sunday”
Second Place – Lena Nelson, “Forgotten Wonders”

Senior Individual Websites

First Place – Keeley Brooks, “Mine Okubo”
Second Place – Cymone Van Marter, “The Greatest Show On Earth”

Senior Group Website

First Place – Annika Libby and Liv Aspholm, “The Race to the South Pole”

8th grade students advancing to the state competition

Melody Langan – George Melies Impact
Jackson Schmekel – Henry Ford’s First Moving Assembly Line
Carter Sheley – Henry Ford’s First Moving Assembly Line
Beau Tanguy – Henry Ford’s First Moving Assembly Line
Nina Kominak – Alice Paul: Fight for Women’s Suffrage
Lucy Tobiska – Alice Paul: Fight for Women’s Suffrage
Clementine Palinska – Our Bodies, Our Cells? The Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Lily Colin – Vincent van Gogh: From Tragedy to Triumph
We’ve included a link to Keeley’s 1st place, State Contest project for your viewing enjoyment:

Please join us as we thank David Aspholm, Scott Barber, Rebecca Shoup, the Public School Funding Alliance, acknowledge all of our National History Day participants, and congratulate Keeley Brooks, National History Day State Champion!


Mid-Winter Break: Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24 - All MVSD schools and the district office will be closed to the public.