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Entries from CHS, CMS advance to State

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Four entries from Carroll High School and two from Carroll Middle School are advancing to the State Junior/Senior History Day Contest.

District Junior/Senior History Day Contest was to be held Feb. 25 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Thirty students from Carroll Middle School and Carroll High School instead competed in a virtual contest by submitting everything digitally. They were evaluated on historical quality, clarity of presentation and relation to theme. This year, the National History Day theme is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Contest categories are historical paper, individual or group exhibit, individual or group performance, individual or group website and individual or group documentary.

History Day students learn the skills and techniques of historians to discover new insights. Each year, a broad theme is selected for the contest. Students also are required to develop a process paper and annotated bibliography describing their research and creation of their entry. The National History Day program’s goal is to empower students with research skills, critical-thinking skills, and outlets for creative expression that will enhance their academic abilities in all areas of study.

Fifteen students from Carroll placed in their respective categories and are advancing to the state contest, which typically would be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines in May. The state competition also will be held using a virtual format.

History Day is sponsored by Kelly Borchers, gifted and talented instructor and academic competition moderator for the Carroll Community School District.

Following are results:


Senior Group Exhibit, Topic: United Nations Charter, Title: “The Charter of the United Nations: A Major Milestone in International Cooperation and Communication” — Erin Winker, Bret Muhlbauer, Mercedes Warnke and Micah Henderson.

Senior Group Performance, Topic: Pigeons of World War II — Operation Columba, Title: “Communication From the Coop: How the Allied Troops Used Pigeons to Win WWII” — Sophia Polking and Madeline Parrott. State Qualifier.

Senior Group Exhibit, Topic: Virginia Hall, Title: “From the Front Lines to SOS Headquarters: Communicating British War Efforts in World War II” — Alyssa Brant, Alex Klein and Samantha Tidgren. State Qualifier.

Senior Group Documentary, Topic: Hello Girls, Title: “The Hello Girls: Answering the Call in World War II” — Lily Wiltse and Brooke Reiling. State Qualifier.

Senior Group Exhibit, Topic: Dr. Seuss, Title: “There’s a Political View You Never Knew!” — Molly Freese, Parker Adams, Grant Uhlenkamp, Jack Friel and Brynn Bowman.

Senior Group Exhibit, Topic: Keith Haring, Title: “Keith Haring: Communicating Social Activism Through Graffiti” — Chase Madden, Katelyn McFarland and Alex Meiers. State Qualifier.


Junior Group Exhibit, Topic: Underground Railroad, Title: “Speaking Secretly: The Communication of Slaves and the Underground Railroad” — Sophia Tidgren, Aliya Reed and Kylie Janning. State Qualifier.

Junior Group Exhibit, Topic: Susan B. Anthony, Title: “Susan B. Anthony: The Voice of a Reformer” — Brianna Kiger and Cameron Kinkade.

Junior Group Exhibit, Topic: Cryptanalyst — Elizebeth Smith Friedman, Title: “The Story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman: Stopping Nazi Communication in Its Tracks” — Ava Menken, Sam Friel, Yllka Islami and Jada Knowles.

Junior Group Exhibit, Topic: Martin Luther King Jr. — “I Have a Dream” speech, Title: “I Have a Dream: Communicating a Message of Civil and Economic Rights and an End to Racism in the United States” — Bailey Bowman and Analia Ayala. State Qualifier.

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