History Day winners going to nationals

Six Western Slope students qualified at the Colorado History Day State Contest to participate June 12–16 in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Md.

Ridgway Secondary School students Marcina Sarmiento and Mikayla Unruh qualified for the national contest by placing second at the state competition in the middle school category for history-related website creation. In the high school category, Gunnision High Schools students Katelyn Barrett, Spencer Barrett, Andrea Meldrum and Kit Reed placed second at state and qualified for nationals in the group performance competition.

The Gunnison team also won the Colorado Geographic Alliance’s Best Project Related to Geography Award and the Ridgway team won the Best Use of Primary Sources Award in the junior division.

Eight more students won awards at the competition but did not qualify for the national contest. R-5 High student Kate Prickett won the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University Award; Olathe Middle School’s Jordon Solseth and Bailey Starritt and Olathe High School students Russell Harris and Jacob Solseth each won the Colorado Historical Society’s Best Project in Colorado History Award; and Barone Middle School students Paige Jones, Megan Parker and Andy Urista won the Regional Award for the Western Slope. Once award was given to a team in each of the state regions.

About 2,400 middle and high school students will present papers, perform skits and show off websites and other projects related to historic topics at the national contest. Each presentation has to match this year’s National History Day theme, “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”


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