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Gideon School wins History Day

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Staff Photo/ Courtney Luke Sweeping the competition-- At the District 9 History Competition, Gideon High School took home the Michael Murphy Sweepstakes trophy which is awarded to the school with the most wins. Gideon students earned 13 wins. The twenty students who made up the Gideon High School History Day District 9 winners were: Front Row (L to R): Erika Shock, Alexandria Goode, Alexis Musgrave, Samantha Ferrese, and Erin Calvert; Middle Row (L to R): Megan Richardson, Seth Houart, Caleb Buchanan, Jana Stanfield, Becca Parker, Haley Swift, Sara Landers, and Cassidy Robinson; Back Row (L to R): Heath Parkinson, Justin Shock, Jerry Martin, Kason Lawrence, Dylan Pickard, Dalen Hutchison, and Rosemary Keene.
Area students performed remarkably during the District 9 National History Day competition held recently at Southeast Missouri State University. Specifically, Gideon High School students performed at a level that earned them the Michael Murphy Sweepstakes trophy.

The school district which receives the most wins during the competition receives this award.

According to the National History Day organization, the National History Day Competition began at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio when it was decided they would attempt to hold a competition similar to a Science Fair, but instead for history. Over 500,000 students participate annually in the History Day competitions.

Each year a theme is designated and the students pick topics related to that theme. Past themes have been individual rights, debate and diplomacy, and tragedy throughout history. Students conduct extensive research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites to help develop their presentations. Participants introduce their work with original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. The contest helps students develop skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, oral communication while helping to build self confidence.

Annually, the program finishes with the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest held in June at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Twenty Gideon students who competed at the District History Day competition earned first place winnings in their group and individual projects. Gideon had a total of thirteen wins.

The winners were: Erika Shock, Alexandria Goode, Alexis Musgrave, Samantha Ferrese, and Erin Calvert, Megan Richardson, Seth Houart, Caleb Buchanan, Jana Stanfield, Becca Parker, Haley Swift, Sara Landers, and Cassidy Robinson, Heath Parkinson, Justin Shock, Jerry Martin, Kason Lawrence, Dylan Pickard, Dalen Hutchison, and Rosemary Keene.

These twenty students will be competing at the State level on April 26, in Columbia Missouri.