Kutztown students advance to National History Day

Kutztown Area High School and Middle School students are advancing to National History Day.

Students spent hours researching a history topic that fit the National History Day theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, and Events.” They researched at the National Archives, Library of Congress, and American Philosophical Society.

This year was very special because former History Day students, Amy Summer and Carolyn Wasser, helped coach the students. Amy Summer was the high school coach and a sophomore at Kutztown University. She competed in National History Day since 7th grade. Carolyn Wasser is a freshman library science major at Kutztown University and she coached middle school students.

Betty Imboden and Beth Pattenwere also the middle school coaches.

Results of the recent state competition:

History Day students competed in the state competition at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. Many of the KASD students are moving on to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland on June 9-13:

• Trinity Hamm, Spencer Miller, and Emily Reiss placed first in senior group exhibits for their exhibit entitled “Adding More Oil to the Anti-War Fire: The Impact of the Tet Offensive Within and Beyond the Vietnam War”.

• Meredith Ache, Abbie Boyer, Emily Burch, and Tyler Pensyl placed second in junior group exhibits for their exhibit entitled “A Careful Observation of Latitude and Longitude: Lewis and Clark As a Turning Point in Westward Expansion”. The exhibit was also selected to be displayed at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, Behring Center.

• Alexander Lanyi placed first in junior individual website for his website entitled “Testing Mankind: Bikini Atoll As a Turning Point in America’s Nuclear Mindset”.

Although William Gow and Samuel Arnold are not moving on to nationals with their exhibit entitled “Our Little Fellow: Charlie Chaplin As Film Icon, World Citizen, and Political Activist” they completed intensive college-level scholarship and were honored for their hard work.

Submitted by Beth Patten, History Day Coach