Outstanding State Entry for the Junior Division went to Raquel Brouwer (pictured) of Lakeview Middle School for her junior individual performance “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Breaking Barriers Through Law.” Photo Provided.
Outstanding State Entry for the Junior Division went to Raquel Brouwer (pictured) of Lakeview Middle School for her junior individual performance “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Breaking Barriers Through Law.” Photo Provided.
Eight Warsaw Community Schools students recently competed in the 2020 National History Day (NHD) Contest held virtually this year from College Park, Md.

According to a news release from The Indiana Historical Society, each year at the national contest, officials choose one junior and one senior project as Indiana's outstanding state entries. This year, the Outstanding State Entry for the Junior Division went to Raquel Brouwer of Lakeview Middle School for her junior individual performance “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Breaking Barriers Through Law.”

NHD is a nonprofit organization which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The NHD Contest was established in 1974 and engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Each of the four projects below took first-place honors at the state contest held in April and went on to represent Indiana at the national competition, according to a news release from WCS. Lakeview Middle School produced three state finalist projects coached by teacher-librarian Molly Long. WCHS produced one state finalist project coached by teacher Mandy Bailey. All first-place and second-place state finishers in each junior and senior category were eligible to compete in the National NHD contest.

The following students competed at the national level remotely with their projects:

• Amelia Alexander and Margaret Burkholder, Junior Group Exhibit, “Desmond Doss Breaks Barriers as a Conscientious Objector.” They finished in the top 30.

• Brouwer, Junior Individual Documentary, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Breaking Barriers Through Law.” She was fourth in her category.

• Grace Ganser, Junior Individual Website, “The Clinton 12: Breaking the Barriers of School Segregation.” She placed seventh for this category.

• Ethan Betances, Jason Benyousky, Keller Bailey and Ryun Hoffert, Senior Group Performance, “Werner Von Braun and Sergei Korolev: Breaking the Starry Barrier of Space.” They  placed in the top 50 in their category.

National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) is sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society. This year, 60 Hoosier students attended the national contest, with three awards, prizes or honors awarded to Indiana projects and students. A complete list of 2020 NHD winners is available at www.nhd.org/winners.

NHDI is presented by the Rooker Family Foundation with support from the Vigran Family Foundation and TCU Foundation. State contest support was provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.