Several area students have qualified to compete in a National History Day contest after finishing first or second in the recent 2014 Kansas History Day state competition.
Nearly 300 middle and high school students from 45 schools participated in the annual state event. The top two in each division qualified to advance to the national competition June 9-13 in College Park, Md.
This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
The top winners in the Wichita area include:
Second place: Brandon Carp, “Redefining Public Use,” Maize South Middle School
First place: Brookelle Connett, “A Titanic Disaster: Epic Finger Pointing,” Robinson Middle School, Wichita
Second place: Megan Beemer, Brooklyn DeForeest, Allison Linton, Jordan Wontorski, Emily Moore, “Revelation to Revolution: The Fight for Disability Rights,” Maize Middle School
Second place: Rebecca Jensen, “The Rights and Responsibilities of Dr. Donna Sweet,” Robinson Middle School
Second place: Saniya Ahmed, “The Practice of Dowry: A Cultural Crime Against Indian Women,” Wichita East High School
Second place: Olivia Seiwert, “Miranda and the Establishment of our Rights,” Bishop Carroll High School, Wichita
First place: William Lies, Jakob Wulf-Eck, “Four Dead in Ohio: The Kent State Shooting,” Bishop Carroll
Second place: Gabrielle Biby, Elizabeth Hybl, “Branch Rickey and His Backdoor Slider,” Bishop Carroll
First place: Anna Dinh, Olivia Borland, “Forced Sterilization: Better for All the World?” Bishop Carroll
In addition, Caroline Cundiff and Lilyanne Nicholas from Bishop Carroll won the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Award, given to the work that best exemplifies the ideals of shaping the frontier.