Dozens of middle and high school and middle school students came to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) campus in March to participate in the annual regional Oklahoma History Day competition. Students from area schools gathered to present exhibits, research papers, web pages, documentaries, and dramatic performances at the largest History Day event in NEO’s history. Dr. David Loving, NEO history instructor, again served as the coordinator for the event. “We had eight different schools this year and I am excited to see how this event is growing,” said Dr. Loving. Miami Chief Little Turtle was the subject of this year’s E.J. and Jane Grieshaber Best in Show Award. Molly Bryant from Jay High School is a descendant of Chief Little Turtle and chose to illustrate this year’s theme of “Conflict and Compromise” by exploring his military conquests and later compromise through the Treaty of Greenville.
With Best in Show Award, Bryant will receive a stipend to support her entry into the state competition. “We are always excited to see local topics and I see several very promising projects here,” said Sarah Dumas, Director of Education for the Oklahoma History Center. “Students and their teachers have done excellent work and I think some of these projects will be competitive at the state and even national level.”
Oklahoma History Day is coordinated through the Oklahoma History Center in conjunction with National History Day. For more information Oklahoma National History Day, visit okhistory.org/historycenter/historyday. (Photo from left: Dr. Jeff Birdsong, Dr. David Loving, Molly Bryant, Sarah Dumas)
Junior Group Exhibit 1 – Eli Bearden, Scout Mayfield, Spencer Smith | WRMS: Picher: The Most Polluted Town in America 2 – Jordan Shirley, Breely Stenger | WRMS: The First Cursed 3 – Michael Bunch, Christian Reavis, Scott Walker | WRMS: More Than a Massacre: The My Lai Story Senior Group Exhibit 1 – Michelle Lindemeier, Tashauna Miles | MHS: The Conflicting Crusades 2 – Renee Betz, Alyssa Gay, Justin Tyler | AHS: To Drop or Not To Drop 3 – Megan Collins, Vallerie Vargas, Hali Bowling | MHS: Hocus Pocus: How Salem Lost their Focus Junior Individual Exhibit 1 – Makenna Murray | WRMS: Dorthea Dix and the Asylm Reform 2 – David Nutting | WRMS: Trail of Tears: The Quapaw Story Senior Individual Exhibit 1 – Molly Bryant | VHS: Chief Little Turtle 2 – Megan Robison | AHS: Mississippi Refusal
Junior Group Website 1 – Jalee Davenport, Heath Huffman | VMS: Nazi War Crimes Effects the Jewish People Senior Group Website 1 – Katharine Barlow, Mikalanne Wiford, Carmine Eulitt | MHS: How Cruelty Cured the Salem Witches 2 – Grant Nolte, Conner Womack | MHS: Vietnam War: The Paris Peace Accord 3 – Jordan Davis, Caden Folks, Chase Cunningham | MHS: Trouble in Paradise: 12/7/1941 Senior Individual Website 1 – Jami Joslin | MHS: The Restoration Revelation 2 – Yoshirio Shinzato | MHS: The Battle of Okinawa 3 – Guillermo Lahoz | MHS: The Roman Empire
Junior Group Documentary 1 – Alyssa Roberts, Conner Gough | JMS: Feed the Frenzy, Starve the Economy: The 1918 Spanish Flu 2 – Eric Nyguen, Nicholas Skaggs, Trey Tanner | WRMS: The Berlin Wall: A Divided Berlin Falls Senior Group Documentary 1 – Elise Siler, Ryleigh Bailey | CHS: The Compromise of 1790 2 – Alexa Payne, Claire Coyne, Sunny Tienkasem | MHS: It’s the Era for the ERA Junior Individual Documentary 1 – Briana Flaming | JMS: Lend Me an Ear: A Kidnapper’s Compromise
Junior Group Performance 1 – Cain Anderson, Aubreigh Lambert | VMS: Washington and the Economy that Sparked a Revolution Senior Group Performance 1 – Briana Witham, Heather Moss | MHS: The Best of Enemies Junior Individual Performance 1 – Shaelyn Oliver | VMS: Aaron Burr 2 – Jayden Kennedy | WRMS: Purge- A History of Horror Senior Individual Paper 1 – Ashlin Ferris | MHS: On the Side: The Unresolved Bioethical Debate of HeLa Cells 2 – Denver Miller | AHS: Down the Hatch 3 – Megan Grissom | FHS: The World’s Tragedy: The Holocaust School Key: WRMS: Will Rogers Middle School VHS: Vinita High School VMS: Vinita Middle School MHS: Miami High School AHS: Afton High School JMS: Jay Middle School CHS: Commerce High School FHS: Fairland High School