|Among entries from about a half million students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who entered the contest sponsored by the academic organization National History Day, three of them from the Missouri Region 6 placed among the top 10 in the nation in their respective categories. The event was held June 11-15, 2006, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Logan Skelley, a student of Andy Ritter's at Joplin High School, took seventh place [note correction] in the seniors papers category for his entry, Raoul Gustav Wallenberg: Taking a Stand for the Jewish Nation.
Placing ninth in the nation in the junior group documentary category for their project, Campaigning for Urban Reform: Jacob Riis' Battle with the Slums were Sagan Graskemper and Scott Knutzen, students at Carl Junction Junior High under the instruction of Vicki Farrill. Previously, they had won Outstanding State, junior division and presented their project at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. on June 14. Klacee Klaver and Collin Wilson, also students of Farrill, placed ninth in junior group exhibits for their project entitled, John Adams: Taking a Stand for the Enemy.
The mission of National History Day is to provide students with opportunities to learn historical content and to develop research, thinking and communication skills in the process. After students select historical topics centered around a theme, they conduct extensive research leading to a conclusion. Their work, evaulated by professional historians and educators, is entered into competitions in the spring at local and state levels before being judged nationally.
Other local participants included (Junior Individual Exhibits) Stephanie Meyer from Carthage Junior High, (Junior Group Exhibits) Bobby Ducommun, Tyler Hays and Tyler Slawter from Neosho Middle School, and (Senior Group Exhibits) Silvina Roman, and Justine Leister from Carthage High School.
Dr. Paul Teverow, professor of history at Missouri Southern State University, was the National History Day coordinator for Missouri Region 6. There are nine such regions in the state.
Lists on which the winners' names appeared may be found here and here.