Students honored at Kansas History Day contest

By The Mercury

Fifteen sixth grade students from Manhattan-Ogden public schools earned honors at the recent Kansas History Day State Contest held recently at Washburn University in Topeka.

Under the guidance of teacher Terry Healy, students began work in October of last year researching and developing projects analyzing diverse topics such as advances in medicine, civil rights, economics, and the impacts of warfare. 

Student work was aligned with this year’s national theme of “Turning Points in History” and consisted of web pages, dramatic performances, or exhibits.  Award winners included:

• Reece Bourisaw (Marlatt, 3rd Place) – Junior Individual Website

• Brooklyn Cink, Abby Cox, and Katie Denney (Marlatt, 3rd Place) – Junior Group Website

• Mitch Hutchinson and Will Lind (Marlatt, 1st Place) – Junior Group Website

• Jace Goheen, Max Kokenge, and Max Lansdowne (Marlatt, 2nd Place) – Junior Group Performance

• Trinity Price and Renee Snowden (Woodrow Wilson, 3rd Place) – Junior Group Exhibit

• Daphne Clemons and Alayne Novotny (Woodrow Wilson, 2rd Place) – Junior Group Exhibit

•  Elise Jackson and Garrin Williams (Marlatt, 1st Place) – Junior Group Exhibit

The nine first and second place winners will move on to represent Kansas during the National History Day celebration and competition in College Park, Maryland on June 9-13. 

National History Day is a year-long program that teaches students not only about America’s past, but also emphasizes important research, critical thinking, and interpersonal cooperation skills. 

More information about the students’ award-winning projects can be found on the Kansas History Day website,

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