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History honors: Woodbury Middle School students advance to state

Woodbury Middle School sixth-graders Amy Fitzgerald, Adiah Fuller and Matisyn Hallenbeck qualified for the Minnesota State History Day Competition April 29 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The trio chose the British Coal Miners Strike of 1984 as their research project. Nine other projects by 13 of their classmates also qualified. Submitted photo.

Ten research projects by sixth-graders at Woodbury Middle School advanced to the Minnesota State History Day Competition, which is scheduled for April 29 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Those who punched their ticket to state include Tanya Luniewski, who put together an exhibit on the history of the Polish Solidarity Movement. The team of Jack Konieck and Ethan Topp also qualified with their project on the Coal Miner's Strike of 1902.

Amy Fitzgerald, Adiah Fuller and Matisyn Hallenbeck made the cut with their exhibit about the British Coal Miners Strike of 1984. Anna Adamson and Grant Gribble advanced with their study of the General Motors Flint Sit Down Strike of 1937.

Allissa Bagley, the social studies teacher who brought History Day to Woodbury Middle School, said many students chose subjects that related to their own ethnic or cultural heritage.

The theme this year for History Day is Taking a Stand

Also heading to state are Woodbury Middle School students Alison Fownes, Amy Fitzgerald, Caitlin Starkey, Sophia Ingvalson, Kayla McLevish, Kaylin Roban, Rachel Estvold and Bea Rybak. Honorable mentions include Ella Johnson, Kristina Vu, Soufian Belfatmi, Denzel Chinanga, Mikayla McDougal and Lydia Jang.

All qualified at the National History Day Regional Competition March 23 at the University of St. Kate's, where they competed against 400 students in the grades 6-8.

Over 27,000 students and 250 schools participate in the National History Day program in Minnesota. The entries from the April 29 state competition will compete at the national competition at the University of Maryland-College Park in mid-June.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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