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Kansas students earn honors at National History Day

  • Published Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 8 a.m.

Several Kansas students were recognized at National History Day, which was held June 9-13 in College Park, Md.

Among them was Irfan Ansari of Wichita’s Robinson Middle School, who placed 13th in the junior individual exhibit division for: “The Zimmermann Telegram: Changing America’s Role in World War I.”

Also Amanda Reichenberger and Taylor Carlson from Haven High School placed sixth and received recognition for their senior group documentary “The Dust Bowl: A Disaster That Changed Agriculture.”

Also recognized were:

• Bridgette Befort, Topeka Hayden High School, fifth in the nation for her senior individual exhibit on “Title IX: Empowerment and Opportunity.”

• Veronica Lyle, Topeka’s Mater Dei Catholic School, placed eighth and received recognition with her junior individual documentary on “The Turning Point in Deception – Top Secret Tactics for D-Day.”

• Elbegduuren Erdenee, Hazlett Henderson and Yu Kyung Lee, Lawrence High School, 13th for the senior group website: “Chinggis Khaan and Pax Mongolica.”

• Rose Kennedy and Sarah Kinder, Lawrence High School, received special prizes in Asian-American History for their senior group documentary on “San Francisco Earthquake: Chinese Exclusion Falls Through the Cracks.”

Since 1980, more than half a million students have participated in the competition, which tests students on their ability to communicate history on subjects of their choosing as it relates to a specific theme. This year’s topic was, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

Next year’s theme will be “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

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