Kentucky Historical Society
KHS Announces 2011 District Eight Kentucky History Day Winners
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2011)— Students from around the Commonwealth were rewarded for their efforts at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) 2011 Kentucky History Day (KHD) district eight contest at Southeast Community and Technical College on Friday, March 25.
KHD is part of the National History Day program, which is an annual, year-long program designed to promote teaching and learning history in America's schools. Students analyze the historical significance of their topics and present conclusions in dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, websites and research papers to audiences throughout the country. The theme for this year’s contest is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures and Consequences.”
“A recent national study confirmed that students who participate in National History Day outperform their non-participating peers in all subjects, not just history. These students are better-prepared for college, are better writers and researchers, are more confident in their abilities, and outperform their peers on standardized testing in all subject areas. Also, by researching into the past, they become enthusiastic about history and its relevance to their present lives,” said Tim Talbott, KHS education project assistant and KHD coordinator.
Four schools from four counties and 80 students participated in the district eight contest in hopes of advancing to the state contest on April 30 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. The top three students in each category received a medal, while all finishers in the top five received recognition and will advance to the state competition.
Winner(s), School, Place, Division, Category and Project:
• Britany Hurd—Betsy Layne High School, senior individual performance, “The Struggle for Women’s Rights”
• Zachary Newman and Kirklin Collins—Betsy Lane High School, second place, senior group web site, “Debate and Diplomacy: Brown vs. Board of Education”
• Jose Perkins—Harlan County Christian School, first place, junior paper, “Nat Turner: Insane or Inspired?”
• Foster Colvin III—Harlan County Christian School, second place, junior paper, “Burden Gone, or Long Sad Journey? The Indian Removal Act of 1830”
• Mekala Sutton and Mareesa Ahmad—Harlan County Christian School, first place, junior group documentary, “Fight for Rights”
• Austin Hickman, Kevin Irvin, Robbie Curry and Anthony Morgan—Harlan County Christian School, second place, junior group documentary, “Agent Orange”
• Whitney McIntyre-- Harlan County Christian School, first place, junior individual exhibit, “Harriet Tubman: More than Moses”
• Charleigh Mefford, Hannah Warner and Keisha McIntyre-- Harlan County Christian School, first place, junior group exhibit, “Who’s a True American”
• Madyson Bennett and Destanie Hatmaker-- Harlan County Christian School, second place junior group exhibit, “A Devastating Migration West”
• Kristin Hall, Emilee Spangler, Kasey Adams and Tiffany Yonts—Letcher County Central High School, senior group performance, “Nothing More, Nothing Less”
• Matthew Hopkins, Addison Whitaker, Daniel Patterson, Matthew Gregory and Dylan Maxie—Letcher County Central High School, first place, senior group documentary, “The Mountaintop Removal Mining Debate: Prosperity vs. Impact”
• Mark Stamper and McKinley Potter—Letcher County Central High School, fourth place, senior group exhibit, “Integration: The Debate for Equality”
• Arianna Collins and Cameron Brunty—Letcher County Central High School, fifth place, senior group exhibit, “A Wall of No Freedom”
• Drew Burke—Pike County High School, first place, senior paper, “The History, Debate, and Aftermath of Indian Removal”
• Regan Clark, Kinsey Patton, Kayla Hall and Kaci Reynolds, second place, senior group documentary, “The Hatfield & McCoy Feud: Our Hillbilly Heritage”
• Dalton Stevens, Erin Edwards, Ryan Hall and Allison Simpson—Pike County Central High School, first place, senior group website, “Science vs. Religion: The Monkey Trial and Other Tribulations”
• Corissa Wolford—Pike County Central High School, first place, senior individual exhibit, “Peace, Love and Babies”
• Nicholas Worrix, Austin Casebolt and Chase Collins—Pike County Central High School, first place, senior group exhibit, “Affirmative Action: A Cure with its Own Disease”
• Ashley Justice, Mackenzie Newsome, Nikki Parker and Courtney Naylor—Pike County Central High School, second place group exhibit, “Prohibition: The Noble Experiment”
• Hannah Thacker, Karen Pacheco and Felicia Jones—Pike County Central High School, third place, “Flappers: A Fashion Faux Pas?”
The National History Day program culminates with the national competition at the University of Maryland each June.
For more information on KHD, visit www.history.ky.gov/kjhs and click National History Day, or contact Tim Talbott at 502-564-1792.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum at the Old State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the website at www.history.ky.gov.