Six Carbon students chosen to represent Utah in national contest
Six Carbon County students are among 61 young scholars who will represent Utah at the National History Day Competition.
From Carbon High School, Anna Bryner and Paul Bryner were selected for their website "Rights and Responsibilities: The Boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics."
From Mont Harmon Junior High School, Logan Engar was selected for his website "The Curt Flood Case: Athlete rights."
From Helper Junior High School, Nathaniel Metzger was selected for his documentary "Miranda Rights," Ceaira Howard and Alexis Tallerico were chosen for their documentary "Child Labor During the Industrial Revolution," and Tiffany Feichko for her website "Cherokee: The Trail of Tears."
"History Day is an exciting way to engage students and teachers in the study of historical issues, ideas, people and events," said Wendy Rex-Atzet, State Coordinator for the Utah History Day program. "This program truly makes history come to life for young people by offering the freedom to choose a topic that is interesting to them, then giving them the research and analytical tools they need to discover the past on their own."
"Through History Day, students develop a deeper understanding of the past, along with better reading, writing, analytical, and presentation skills that translate to success in many other disciplines," added Brad Westwood, Director of the Utah Division of State History. "This program also offers a tremendous opportunity for students to explore local history and develop a more complex understanding of Utah's vibrant and diverse heritage."
More than 4,000 students statewide participated in this year's Utah History Day program, including 280 who competed in the state finals on April 23rd for the opportunity to represent their schools and Utah at the national competition.
The rigorous academic competition saw entries in exhibits, documentaries, web sites, research papers, and performances. The projects centered on the annual theme "Rights and Responsibilities in History." The top two entries in each category have advanced to nationals, where they will compete with some 3,000 students hailing from all over the country.
Utah History Day is the state's official National History Day affiliate program. Formerly called Utah History Fair, this program has operated continuously in Utah for more than 30 years.
Utah has nine regional History Day programs serving every part of the state. This year Utah History Day received financial and community support from the Utah Humanities Council, the Commission on Civic and Character Education, and the State Office of Education.
The Utah History Day program is open to students from 4th through 12th grade, in public, private, online, and home schools. Students, parents, and teachers can learn more about Utah History Day at utahhistoryfair.weebly.com, www.nhd.org, or by email at UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com.