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Stevens Students Move on to State History Competition

Stevens Students Move on to State History Competition
Posted on 03/27/2017
Stevens Students Move on to State History CompetitionPort Angeles, Wash. – Thirty-eight Stevens Middle School participated in the Olympic Regional History Day, junior division for sixth to eighth grades, held Monday, March 20 at Olympic College in Bremerton. Students from Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap (except Bainbridge Island), and Mason Counties competed in the regional event.

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

“Nine of our students earned awards and will join winning projects from the other schools to represent our region at the state level,” Stevens teacher Laurie Day reported.

“One individual exhibit project made it on to State,” Day said. “Kathryn Guttormsen placed fifth with her project titled The Stand Against Executive Order 9066 by Ralph Carr.

“Three Stevens documentary projects placed,” Day added. “Of significance is that we took three places in this category out of four.”

Stevens documentary projects that placed are:

Second place, Wiliam Wilberforce-the Abolitionist by Treyton Walde and Isaiah Martinez

Third place, The Atomic Bomb by Henry Shaw, Blake Parker, and Carter Droz 

Fourth place, Unleashing the Beast: The Elwha River Restoration Project by Maizie Tucker, Abby Sanders, and Talia Anderson

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.” 

Out of approximately 80 Honor eighth grade students, the teachers held interviews to select the top 40 research projects to represent the school at the Regional History Day competition. 

History Day categories students can choose to represent their research are: exhibit, documentary, performance, webpage, and paper. Students can work in groups of five or less, or work individually within a category. If they write a paper, they cannot enter as a group. 

The State competition, coordinated by the Washington State Historical Society, is Saturday, April 29 at Green River Community College in Auburn.

The projects will be showcased as part of an event, “Preparing Students for Life Beyond School: Control, Choice, Challenge, Complexity,” Tuesday, March 28 at Peninsula College from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. with other projects completed by middle level highly capable students. The event is open to the public and will show a documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Peninsula College Little Theater.

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.”

“An independent study from 2011 found that participation in the National History Day Contest benefits students far beyond the competition. National History Day not only transports classrooms back in time during the school year, it transforms young minds forever.”


Accompanying photo shows Stevens Middle School History Day participants in front of Haselwood Library at Olympic College. Pictured left to right, starting at the bottom of the picture, by row, are: 
1. Gunnar Peterson, Blake Parker, Chase Cobb 

2. Porter Litle, Henry Shaw, Jake Jacobsen, Roby Fors, Lacey Pritchett, Jocelyn Jones, Haley Moe

3. Carter Droz, Katelyn Sheldon, Kathryn Guttormsen, Ladaiya Robinson, Brianna Tiemersma, Brianna Schafer

4. Raven Taylor, Abby Sanders, Emma Riffle, Jayden Platt, Sophia Orth, Tarun Seera

5. Mary Cochran, Emma Rifle, Madeline Montana, Daniel Hornack

6. Alexander Bennett, Taylor Martin

7. Sam Willey, Noah Willey, Nathan Carroll, Kelvin Kasten, Colby Nicholson, Lukas Sletkolen, Ray Arand

Not pictured: Emiliano Maldonado, Maizie Tucker, Treyton Walde, Jaida Wood, Emma Olsen, Isaiah Martinez, Anna Hull, Talia Anderson.

Photo Credit:  Stevens Middle School

For additional assistance, contact:

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