Westerville News & Public Opinion

Genoa students show they know their history

National History Day projects from Westerville's Genoa Middle School competed at Otterbein University on March 23 against those generated by students from Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Perry, Pickaway and Union counties.

Six Genoa students advanced from the district contest to the state finals, which will be held April 27 at the Ohio Union on the campus of Ohio State University.

Those students and their projects were:

* Madison Seabury, "The Little Rock Nine: A Turning Point for Educational Equality."

* Ian Dickens and Brant Henson, "Hindenburg: The Day of May 6, 1937."

* Michael Qi, "The Tunguska Event: A Mystery Throughout the Ages."

* Elisabeth Steele and Amber Hockstok, "Alice Paul: Turning Point in Woman's Suffrage."

National History Day is an academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million pupils, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the contest.

Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. This year's theme was turning points in history.

After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries.

These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

The program culminates with the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June.