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Approximately 80 students from Kelly Walsh, CY, Poison Spider and Centennial took part in the Region 3 History Day event on December 15, 2018 at Kelly Walsh High School. Twenty-seven students were selected as regional finalists and will go on to represent their school at the State History Day April 14-15 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students selected topics connected to an annual theme and completed their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme was “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Students presented their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites and dramatic performances

Region 3 History Day was the first step in a competition cycle that takes students from the regional level to state and national competitions.

The Wold Foundation, created in 1985 by the Wold family, donated money for monetary awards to the winners of each category.

  • Junior Group Documentary: (did not meet criteria for first place) 2. “Triumph After the Tragedy of Challenger STS-51-L,” Jayden Moffat, Emma Peterson, Jesse Sulzen, David Gerhart, Payton Raffensperger, Poison Spider, Dana Curtis, teacher.
  • Senior Individual Documentary: (did not meet criteria for first place) 2. “Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979: Triumph and Tragedy,” Katlyn Lane, Kelly Walsh, Sally O’Brien, teacher.
  • Junior Individual Exhibit: 1. “Ford Assembly Line: The Road to Success,” Katlyn Lane, Kelly Walsh, Sally O’Brien, teacher.
  • Senior Individual Exhibit: 1. “Love is Love! The Struggle from Interracial Marriage to Same Sex Marriage,” Jayleen Blackford, Kelly Walsh, Paula Volker, teacher.
  • Senior Group Exhibit: 1. “The Triumphs and Tragedies of the NASA Space Shuttle Development,” Chantel Pena, Caroline Hansen, Abby Boatman, Aubrey Holmberg, Kelly Walsh, Paula Volker, teacher; 2. “The Triumph of the Mental Health Reform,” Breanna Henze, Destiny Edwards, Kelly Walsh, Paula Volker, teacher; 3. “Wilma Rudolph: A Triumphing Olympic Medalist Conquering Polio,” Emily Boyles, Eva Haler, Kelly Walsh, Paula Volker, teacher.
  • Senior Paper: 1. “Albert Einstein and Nuclear Technology,” Taylee Siemens, Kelly Walsh, Cassidy Jerding, teacher; 2. “Triumph and Tragedy: The Crushing Defeat of the Powerful Persian Army,” Rebekah Wise, Kelly Walsh, Sally O’Brien, teacher; 3. “The Counterculture of the 1960’s,” Katherine Prochnow, Kelly Walsh, Cassidy Jerding, teacher.
  • Senior Individual Website: 1. “Husband, Father, Murderer: Franz Stangl,” Sydney Shupick, Kelly Walsh, Inga McCoy, teacher; 2. “Transforming America One Fast Food Chain at a Time,” Maya Altland, Kelly Walsh, Paula Volker, teacher.
  • Senior Group Website: 1. “Kent State Paves the Way for Conflict Management and Peaceful Change,” Arianna Ellis, Abigail Florence, Kelly Walsh, Paula Volker, teacher; 2. “The Redemption of Eva Mozes Kor,” Brianna Mahoney, Annie Whittle, Kelly Walsh, Inga McCoy, teacher; 3. “Executive Order 8802: Discrimination in America,” Caleb Cockrum, Jordan Tharp, Kelly Walsh, Cassidy Jerding, teacher.

The History Day program in Wyoming is coordinated by the Natrona County School District Athletics & Activities Department.

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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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