WASHINGTON – June 2018 – After months of intensive research and success at district- and state-level competitions, Kohler High School juniors Cecelia Zielke, Ashley Thyes and Ben Guesneau, along with their adviser Mr. Matt Bayens, will present their exhibit entitled “The Mau Mau Uprising: A Compromise to End the Conflict of British-Kenyan Colonialism” at the annual National History Day competition, held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area June 10-14.
We are proud to be finalists at National History Day,” states Cecelia Zielke “and excited to have the opportunity to compete as representatives from the State of Wisconsin at the national contest.”
Each fall more than half a million students nationwide begin the year-long National History Day program, competing in a series of history contests in their local districts and states. The top students in each category are selected for participation in the national contest. Participating students choose their own topics of study and research from original sources based on the theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. National History Day students research historic documents and artifacts, conduct oral histories, search the Internet for information on their topics, and travel to historic sites. They present their work in a variety of ways, by creating museum-type exhibits, video documentaries, original performances, or traditional research papers.
More than 300 historians and other education professionals evaluate the students’work at the national competition. $150,000 worth of scholarships are awarded at the national awards ceremony to select students, and approximately 100 students take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.
Kohler middle schoolers qualify for National History Day state competition
Middle school students also qualified and competed at the state competition held in Madison in April. Special awards were given to Ava Childs for the Civil Rights Award and to Grace Zhang for the Chronicling America Award.