SW students advance to National History Day

Sixteen public school students with Southwest connections which will advance to 2004 National History Day after finishing first or second in the state competition May 2.

This year's theme was "Exploration, Encounter and Exchange." Six advancing projects are from Southwest High School, 3414 W. 47th St., one is from South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S., one is from Ramsey Fine Arts Magnet, 1 W. 49th St. and another is from Lake Harriet Community School, 4912 Vincent Ave. S.

"With history day there, are a lot of tricks," said Robert Ferguson, a Southwest High civics teacher who coached that school's victorious students. "The students have to do more than 'fact' presentations. They have to show cause and effect, put the project in an historical context, present a depth of analysis and show how it relates to the theme."

He added, "This is just an outstanding group of students. I've never seen anything like this. It speaks well for the Minneapolis Public Schools."

The national competition will be held June 12 at the University of Maryland.

The winners are:

– Junior paper

1st Place, Ellen Rice, from Ramsey: "The Fame and Shame of Aviation Explorer Charles A. Lindbergh."

– Senior group documentary

1st Place, Ben Hovland, Rueben Lange and Miranda Lippold-Johnson from South High: "The Israeli Kibbutz Movement: The Development of a Utopian Society."

– Senior group exhibit

1st Place, Katy Isenberg, Adrian Pansch and Olivia Engel of Southwest High: "Stick and Stay, They're Bound to Pay: The Explorations and Encounters of the Flint Sit-Down Strikers."

– Senior individual exhibit

1st Place, Southwest High's Lilli Johnson-Moffet: "Benevolent Assimilation": America's Exploratory Encounter with Imperialism."

2nd Place, Southwest High's Melinda Brown: "Taconite Rock: Exploring a

Mining Alternative, Encountering Pollution in the Future."

– Junior individual documentary

2nd Place, Gordon Vermeer of Lake Harriet: "Gemini Space Missions."

– Senior group performance

2nd Place, Eric Sayre, Kyle Parsons, Nathan Fischler and Teresa Floberg of Southwest High: "Exploring Integration in the North: The Boston Busing Story."

– Senior individual documentary film

2nd Place, Carly Jaffee of Southwest High: "Repatriation: The Exchange of American Indian Remains."

– Senior paper

2nd Place, Southwest High's Berit Centor Freed: "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? Exploring an Unpaved Path in Early Childhood Development


Southwest schools also produced six third-place winners who will represent Minnesota at the national competition if the first- or second-place winners can't.