DeLaSalle students once again rose to the top at the 2017 edition of Minnesota State History Day. Eight different DeLaSalle projects medaled at State, each placing among the top five in a specific History Day category. This success was highlighted by four projects which have qualified to move on to National History Day at the University of Maryland in June: Erin Boehme `18 earned first place in the Research Paper category, while Nadia Johnson `18 captured first in Individual Websites. Also qualifying for Nationals as second place finishers in their categories are Julia Gerloff `18 in Individual Websites and Ava Methner `18 in Individual Documentaries.
Four other projects were recognized as State medalists: the work of Isabelle Paulson `18 (third place in her category) and Matthew Smeaton `18 (fifth) working as individuals, as well as the third-place duos of Alicia Boucha `18 /Jae Whiterabbit `18 and Ben Anderson `18 / Leysa Kurtyka `18. Furthermore, ten other DeLaSalle projects earned Honorable Mention in their categories.
It was quite a day for DeLaSalle and teachers, Martin Marrin and Sheri Hank. With 18 projects recognized as medalists or honorable mention, DeLaSalle’s name was announced more than any other school in Minnesota.
Gerloff’s and Paulson’s also were among four DeLaSalle projects to earn special Topical Prizes, special recognition awards for their research in a particular field of history. Gerloff won the Topical Prize for Labor History, while Paulson won for US Business History. Golda Stewart `18 earned the Topical Prize for African American History, while the duo of Julia Eubanks `18 and Joanna Sylvain `18 earned the Prize for Immigration History. Finally, Lauren Jensen `18 was a University of Minnesota Scholarship winner.
The State competition, on April 29 at the University of Minnesota, brought together history scholars from across the state. From results at the March 14th Metro Regional History Day competition, 49 DeLaSalle students had been chosen by independent judges to advance 31 separate projects or research papers to State. Students chosen from nine separate regional competitions, held throughout March across Minnesota, presented their projects or papers at State.
Congratulations to all the students who participated at State History on April 29:
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