March 10, 2018
Schools Article 11188

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Students Compete in Michigan History Day

March 10, 2018
By: Stephen Kent

Saturday found students setting up exhibits, presenting papers, showing documentaries and showing web sites at Bay City Central High School. It was all part of the 12th annual District 5 Michigan History Day competition. The event was organized and presented by the staff of the Bay County Historical Society and Historical Museum of Bay County.

This event is the second of three preliminary competitions that qualify the best presentations to compete at the national level. Winners of Saturday's competition advance to the state competition, which will also be held at Bay City's Central High School this year. Winners at that level advance to the Nationals.

The event, held on National History Day in Michigan, is an educational competition aimed at encouraging students to explore the history and historical subjects. Participating students get to learn through hands-on research and the development of a presentation.

Working on these projects exposes students to the methods used by professional historians and researchers. They must use "primary" and "secondary" resources and understand the meaning and importance of these concepts. They apply historical and social studies as well as English and language arts.

Each year the national office in College Park, Maryland chooses a theme for the annual competition. This year the theme was "Conflict and Compromise in History". Students were required to relate their particular subject to this theme and explain the significance of the individual or event that they selected.

Competition is open to all 4-12 grade students. Teachers work with students to select a category from Exhibits, Documentaries, Performances or Web sites. The students may compete individually or as groups. Students may also elect to submit research papers on an individual basis.

Starting in October each year staff from the Historical Museum of Bay County provides support to students and teachers through free classroom visits. They teach research methods and give examples of how projects can be done.

Over 155 students were registered for this year's district competition where they presented 85 projects. 70 students representing 38 projects will advance to the State competition held in April (also at Bay City Central High this year). At State, the top two projects from each category will qualify for the National competition to be held in College Park Maryland this coming June.

For more information visit
  • Bay County Historical Society and Museum -
  • Michigan History Day (State Level) -
  • National History Day website -

    Michigan History Day District 5 Competition

    155 Students Registered - 85 projects

    Students Advanced to State 70
    Projects Advanced to State 38
    Judges 22
    Volunteers 3
    Photographer 1
    Junior Papers: The Connecticut Compromise: How it Changed America Forever
    Hannah Beardsley

    The Seminole Wars
    Katrina White

    Women's Suffrage Movement
    Emma Baukus-Konieczka
    Senior Papers The Philippine - American War
    Gabriella Hugo

    A Single Day of Peace: A Christmas Miracle
    Rohan Joseph

    The Russian Revolution and Civil War: Nicholas II's Involvement
    Emily Killingbeck
    Youth Exhibits The Boston Tea Party
    Breanna Johnson, Nolan Munger, Anthony Wojtowicz
    Junior Exhibits
    Berlin Wall: Conflict Between East Germans and the GDR
    Ella Yantz

    Activism of Women's Rights
    Audrey Weiss

    The Missouri Compromise
    Audrey Scott
    Junior Exhibits
    The Iran Hostage Crisis
    Alivia Hill, Gabby Ricupati, Saree Schlitt, Destiny Englehardt

    Wild Horse Annie
    Lily Kart, Jennifer Seymour

    Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage
    Lauren Groulx, Laina Reyes-Chartier
    Senior Exhibits
    Pontiac's Rebellion: The Attack at Fort Michilimackinac
    Faith Sneller

    Revolution of 1800
    Samie Olsen

    The Banana Wars and the Policy of the Good Neighbor
    Catherine Bloomfield
    Senior Exhibits
    An Immense Conflict: The Salem Witch Trials
    Kiah Kowalski, Taryn Inman

    Essence Flores, Elena Hernandez
    Junior Websites
    The Bombing of Hiroshima
    Massimo Gulino

    Battle of the Bulge
    Leah Jankoska

    Jack Kervorkian's First Assisted Suicide
    Molly Dwan
    Junior Websites
    Elizabeth Blackwell: First Female Doctor
    Kyleigh Morley, Chloe Avila

    The Filipino Insurrection
    Hayden Haubenstricker, Luke Pake, James Auer

    The War on Terror
    Tyler DuRussell, Nathan Pace, Aiden Scharnott
    Senior Website
    UAW vs GM 1936/37 Sit Down Strike
    Jeffery Greenwood
    Senior Website
    Detroit Riots and Civil Rights Act
    Jaedyn Ann Anderson, Sierra Anderson, Maggie Pitcher, Kayden Mysliwski, Alexus Smith

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion: Conflict for the States Ruling of Communist Cuba
    Natalie Reid, Braydon Good

    The Toledo War: The War that Shaped the Old Northwest
    Ledonna Husband, Daniel Elder, Genevieve Marchlewicz, Katelyn Ciesla, Lucas Esckilsen
    Junior Documentaries
    The Steel Pact
    Collin Kreh

    The Death of the Black Fox
    Adam Reno

    The Battle of the Khe Sahn
    Joseph Maier
    Junior Documentaries
    The Treaty of Paris of 1783: Conflict or Compromise
    Alyssa Burger, Shea Walli
    Senior Documentaries
    The Winter War
    Blake Metiva
    Senior Documentaries
    The Spanish Civil War
    Steven Jarson, Chester Surles

    The Yalta Conference
    Joseph Legner, Chase Sajdak, Timothy Rygwelski, Dylan Steele, Brennan Domerese

    The Boston Tea Party
    Sean Monaghan, Matthew Cull, Peter Remington
    Junior Performance
    The Right to Vote: Women's Suffrage
    Madison Schulz, Ashley Plambeck, Allison Schumacher

    World War One: Operation Kaiserschlacht
    Jayden Kajdan, Emerson Laverty
    Best Use of Primary Resources
    Sponsored by the Bay County Historical Society
    Website: Battle of the Bulge
    Leah Jankoska
    Website: UAW vs GM: 1936/37 Sit Down Strike
    Jeffery Greenwood
    Exhibit: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage
    Lauren Groulx, Laina Reyes-Chartier
    Exhibit: An Immense Conflict the Salem Witch Trials
    Kiah Kowalski, Taryn Inman

    Michigan History Day District 5 Competition
    Calvary Baptist Academy - Midland Erik Lewis
    John Glenn High School - Bay City Jennifer Veitengruber
    Christa McAuliffe Middle School - Bay City Jennifer Gradowski
    Bay City Western Middle School - Bay City Mike Rohde
    Bay City Western High School - Bay City Jeff Rahl
    Handy Middle School - Bay City Bob Pawlak
    Central High School - Bay City Craig Windt
    Immanuel Lutheran Frankentrost - Saginaw Kyle Smith
    Elaine Bickel
    Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy - Saginaw Joan Klenk
    Adam Doud
    John Olvera
    Cynthia Schneider


    "Grampa" Marty Schlitt waits for the center bar to be removed from the building door
    so he can wheel the large "jail cell" model into the event.

    2018 Michigan History Day Pins ready for distribution.

    Documentaries team Joseph Legner, Timothy Rygwelski, Brennan Domerese, Dylan Steele

    Judges receive instructions before the day's events get under way.

    Judging teams discuss preliminary impressions from studying the applications and papers.

    Massimo Gulino and teacher Jennifer Gradowski

    Saree Schlitt, Alivia Hill, Gabby Ricupati, Destiny Englehart

    Ashley Blackburn and Mitchell Bryan judging a display

    Alisha Moore and her Senior Exhibits entry on "Henrietta Lacks".

    Banana Wars exhibit by Catherine Bloomfield

    Ella Yantz, Autumn McKeoun and Audrey Weill

    Kyleigh Morley and Chloe Avila discuss their web site with judges

    Leah Jankoska and Molly Dwan before their presentation to the judges

    Steven Jarsen and Chester Surles prior to their project's judging

    Judges Frankee Milkowski and Justin Radlinski wait to judge the next paper.

    Registrars Savannah McCarty and Mordan Louchart-Inches

    Lots of waiting for their turn. But EVERYONE has a smart phone.

    Judges discuss project with Marty Schulz and Aleksandres Presnikovs

    Corrine Bloomfield, Event Organizer from the Bay County Historical Society Museum

    Certificates for Sean Monaghan, Peter Remington, and Matthew Cull

    Megan Przygocki and Katelyn Weston

    Frankee Milkowski and Justin Radlinski judge Cayden Davies' paper

    Event coordinators Corrine Bloomfield and Emily Radlinski

    Bradon Good and partner Natalie Reid wait to show their web site.

    Parents, students and teachers wait announcement of winners

    Bob Myers, Michigan Historical Society, congratulates winners

    Award Certificates are presented to winners

    Jennifer Gradowski and some of her winning students

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