Maggie Gentine and Anna Mancl qualified for the national level of the History Day competition with their documentary titled: “The Chinese Cultural Revolution: Mao’s Decimation of Filial Piety.” The National History Day competitive cycle is open to all public, private, charter, and homeschool students in the State of Wisconsin. The contest begins with roughly 10,000 student participants, and is ultimately narrowed down to just two entries per category moving on to nationals.
North High students Michelle Kelly received the Robert and Carrol Heideman Award to Archival Research with her research paper tilted: “A Royal Divorce Creates a Religious Revolution.” Alex Hopp and Brett Pokrzywinski received First Honorable Mention with their website titled: “The Black Death.” Claudette Beane received Second Honorable Mention with her webpage titled: “The Manhattan Project: Unleashing the Unknown.” Sophia Intravaia received Second Honorable Mention with her research paper titled: “ Changes Due to the Entrance of the United States into WWI.”
National History Day is a rigorous academic program that begins in the classroom and then advances through school, regional, state, and national levels of competition. Students select a topic linked to an annual theme and then analyze primary and secondary source documents in order to develop a thesis. Students must also consider historical context, multiple perspectives, and historical significance. The National History Day program teaches and reinforces literacy skills and has been aligned with the Common Core standards for literacy by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
North High School social studies teachers involved in the National History Day program include Tony Gentine, Maria Jesinski, Rebecca Letter, Jay Johnson, and Sylvia Nicora. Media specialist Stacy Gloede has also been intimately involved in the program, as has Literacy Specialist Carrie McGoldrick. Computer and media support have also been provided by Ruth Harker, Amee Dulmes, and Denise Lau-Kuehlmann.
Additional support with research and contest judging was provided by the Lakeland College History Department, Lakeland History Club, archivists at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay, Dr. Marybeth Emmerichs, and Bob Harker of the Sheboygan County Historical Museum.
Left: Anna Mancl (left) and Maggie Gentine - Right: Alex Hopp and Brett Pokrzywinski
Left: Michelle Kelly - Right: Sophia Intravaia