NMS eighth-graders researched a variety of important people, events, advancements and ideas as they focused on this year’s National History Day theme of "Rights and Responsibilities in History" at the local History Day Fair, held Jan. 31 at Nevada Middle School.

The local fair is part of the National History Day program that uses history to challenge students to improve their research, analytical, and communication skills. Students completed in-depth research projects on a subject of their choice related to this year’s theme. Working individually or collaboratively, students designed exhibits, produced documentaries, developed websites, created performances or wrote historical papers that explain their topic’s significance in history. Evaluation emphasizes the use of primary sources and in-depth research, as well as the ability to draw conclusions and analyze information.

The local fair included 39 exhibits, nine websites, one documentary and two historical papers.

Several entries qualified for the District History Day, scheduled for April 2 at Central College in Pella. The following students are district qualifiers:

Individual Exhibit—Luke Ferguson (The Sullivan Brothers); Courtnee Milam (Milk Strikes of 1930s); Marie Maly (Dr. Jack Kevorkian); Sydney Handsaker (China’s One Child Policy) and Katrina Lindemann (The Jungle)

Group Exhibit—Adam Coussens and Luke Durkop (Trail of Tears); Jack Higgins, Cam Shill and Jack West (1919 World Series); Valeria Gomez, Alejandra Vazquez and Andrea Vazquez (Abortion); Nora Anderson and Alexah Lewellin (Eleanor Roosevelt); Jazlyn Jones and Jessica Sturtz (Lewis Hine); and Carter Bremer, Luke Fevold and Jake Badger (Nelson Mandela)

Group Website—Madeleine Humpal-Pash and Elizabeth Wessels (Rosie the Riveter); Malachi Hornbuckle, Daniel Kellen and Damien Scully (The 26th Amendment); Hannah Benninghoven, Kaylee Kruse and Paige Strong (Nazi Propaganda); Grace Francis and Chance Steffes (Women’s Army Corps); Kyle Bauman, Matt Chitty, Brendan Sellberg and Preston Cattanach (1966 Texas Western Basketball Team); and Kate Griffin, Logan Stufflebeam and Kennedy Wierson (Title IX)

Individual Documentary—Kevin Arends (A Southern Perspective of the Civil War)

A big thank-you to the judges of this year’s History Fair: Corry Bertelsen, Mary Brinkman, Kevin Cooper, Kris Corbin, Maggie Davis, Brenda Hobson, Sue Kohler, Steve Lekwa, Ann Malven, Lauri Netz, Karen Niblock and Beth Williams.

(See more photos in this week’s print edition of the Nevada Journal.)