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Stevens Students Compete at State History Competition

Stevens Students Compete at State History Competition
Posted on 05/01/2017
Stevens Students Compete at State History CompetitionPort Angeles, Wash. – Nine Stevens Middle School students participated in the State History Day competition, coordinated by the Washington State Historical Society, held Saturday, April 29 at Green River Community College in Auburn. The students advanced to the state competition after competing and placing in the Olympic Regional History Day in March at Olympic College in Bremerton. 

This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand” and participants selected a topic in local, national, or world history.

“Talia Anderson, Maizie Tucker, and Abby Sanders made finals with their documentary "Unleashing the Beast:  The Elwha River Restoration Project," reported Darren Mills, Stevens teacher. “Unfortunately, they did not qualify for Nationals in Washington, D.C., but to reach this level is quite an accomplishment!”  

Other Stevens projects competing at the state competition were:

Kathryn Guttormsen - The Stand Against Executive Order 9066 by Ralph Carr
Treyton Walde and Isaiah Martinez - Wiliam Wilberforce-the Abolitionist
Henry Shaw, Blake Parker, and Carter Droz - The Atomic Bomb

Stevens teachers Darren Mills, Angie Gooding, and Laurie Day, with support from Leann McComb, ran History Day through their Honors Language Arts and History classes. 

“Students worked on their history research and projects for several weeks,” Day explained. “Some groups worked from the start of the school year anticipating the event. We all led students through the process to have a product that would be worthy of the competition.” 

Accompanying photo shows Stevens Middle School State History Day participants.  Kneeling left to right, are: Carter Droz and Blake Parker. Standing, left to right, are: Isaiah Martinez, Henry Shaw, Treyton Walde, Abby Sanders, Maizie Tucker, Talia Anderson, Kathryn Guttormsen. 

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

From the National History Day website (www.nhd.org): 
“National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capital in June.”

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org