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Winners of 2013 State History Day competition announced

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The winners of the 2013 National History Day in Minnesota State Competition were announced Saturday, May 4 in an awards ceremony held at the University of Minnesota, Coffman Union. The first- and second-place winners from each of 18 project categories earned an invitation to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 9-13.

Students presented projects in the categories of exhibits, documentary films, historical performances, web sites and research papers, based on the 2013 History Day theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

Student winners hail from across the state including the Twin Cities, Duluth, Winona, Mankato, Rochester and Southeast Minnesota, and Spring Lake Park. The top two senior individual and group documentaries from Southeast Minnesota are:

Senior Individual


“Out of the Closet and Into the Streets: Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C.” Maddie Pavek, Century High School (Rochester).

“Title IX” Laura Gale, Kennedy Senior High School (Bloomington)

Senior Group Documentary

“Driven to Decline: Interstate Highways, Suburbanization, and Urban Decay” Frances Matejcek, Becky Norling-Ruggles, Grace Palmer, South High School (Minneapolis)

“Making a Splash: A Turning Point in Environmental Legislation” Bailey Hilgren, Luke Isensee, Chatfield Public Schools (Chatfield)

About History Day

For more information about National History Day in Minnesota, including a list of student presenters and their topics, call 651-259-3425 or see the National History Day in Minnesota website.

The National History Day in Minnesota program is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.

Major funding is provided by: 3M Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, The Gerald and Patrice Halbach Charitable Fund, Ralph and Virginia Kurtzman Fund, David and Janis Larson, Margaret and Lee Skold, Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Foundation and the James J. Wolf Memorial Fund.

Program support is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

About the Minnesota

Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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