Students Take A Stand at History Fair


Pictures Courtesy of Chris Sweeny

Saturday, March 3 was National History Day and to honor the day, students in grades 6-12  from Carbon and Emery counties brought their projects to Carbon High for a history fair.

Students put together a wide variety of exhibits, live performances and historical papers. Students began work on projects months in advance to have the opportunity to present them to judges. With over 450 students taking a part in the event, 70 students are now moving on to the state competition.

This years theme was Taking a Stand in History. Students were able to come up with ideas and turn them in to a documentary, exhibit, or performance that embodied the theme.

The first, second and third place winners will go on to compete at the state competition In Salt Lake City on April 29.

“Overall, the students did very well. We have strong projects coming out of each category,” commented Region Coordinator Chris Sweeney. “They should compete very well at the state level this year. We look forward to having some projects make it to nationals.”

Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

Historical Paper Regional Champions:
History of the UMWA by Blake Grundy
Edward Snowden: Criminal or Hero by Hunter Heath
Helmuth Huebener by Natalie Van Dyke

Individual Website Regional Champions:
Hacktivism by Carson Anderson
Pat Summitt by Alexandra Cartwright
Washington’s History by Melody Moreno

Individual Exhibit Regional Champions:
Lenin The Revolution by Sofia Crompton
Norman Rockwell by Kaylie Sharp
Utah Coal Strikes by Landen Anderson

Group Exhibit Regional Champions:
The History of the Utah War by Layla Manzanares, Daisy Maue, and Makaela Kinder
The Tuskegee Airmen by Kaden Gunter, Max Lancaster, and Kolton Thomas
Amelia Earhart by SayDee Johnson, Hailey Powell

Individual Documentary Regional Champions:
Branch Rickey- Stepping up to Home Plate by Issy Miller
The Thin Blue Line: Standing between the Monsters and the Weak by Ajay Thayn



Senior Division (Grades 9 – 12)
Historical Paper Regional Champions:
Alice Paul and Her Fight for Women’s Rights by Abby Robertson
P.C.A. Louis: Taking A Stand Against Bloodletting by James Bryner
Margaret Hamilton: Taking a Stand on the Moon by Brenda Payan

Individual Website Regional Champions:
To Stand Against Art with Art: Picasso and the Development of Cubism by Raychel Briseno
The Philosophy of Sam Walton by Canden Stockdale
Alfred Wegener’s Continental Drift by Logan Engar

Group Website Regional Champions:
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man with a Dream by McKenzie Griffeth and Triton Abeyta
A Stand for Equality by Jorge Martinez and Mikelle Monson
Taking a Stand for Latino Rights: Caesar Chavez by Chenoa Polito, Kami Hepworth, and Brandon Tallerico

Individual Exhibit Regional Champions:
Operation Valkyrie by Rylan Chamberlin
Jane Goodall and Taking a Stand by Kylasin Cloward
Standing with Pride by Brooke Gamber

Group Exhibit Regional Champions:
Pancho Villa: Taking a stand at the Mexican Border by Alyssa Vincent and Natalia Hopes
From Zero to Hero: Jesse Owens Overcoming Discrimination by Grace Broadbear and Brenna Tabone
Mormon Militia Taking A Stand: A Battle without Death, but Many Consequences by Ridic Migliori and Harley Migliori

Individual Documentary Regional Champions:
Samuel Gompers: Standing Together by Shannon Baker
Tango Mike Mike by Alex Thayn
Coal by Mason Rogers

Group Documentary Regional Champions:
Operation Valkyrie by Brinlee Evans, Ellicia Alcon, Brayden Olsen, and Devin DeLeeuw
John F. Kennedy by Amberia Mena and America Meza
The Lady with the Lamp: Florence Nightingale by Tiffany Kinder, Alex Carmichael, Jerica Blanchard, and Kylie Madsen

Individual Performance Regional Champions:
The Many Stands of Davy Crockett by Makade Bradley
The Art of War by Katrina Edwards

Group Performance Regional Champions:
The Secret Heroes of the American Revolution: The Culper Spy Ring’s Stand for Freedom by Tyler Pierce, Mersedez Clifford, Katie Snow, Tessa Atwood, and Bethany Prettyman
The History of Hip-Hop Dance by Jillian Johnson, Brenna Bogdin, Riley Winn, and Reanna McQuiston
Joseph Smith’s Stick Pull Life by Kelsey Sorenson, Jack Jeppson, Eliza Jefferey, Saul Beecher, and Hanna Torgerson






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