Middle School Students Advance to State at National History Day Regional Competition

26 Waukee Middle School sixth through eighth graders participated in the regional national History Day Competition April 4.

More than 30 middle school students participated in the regional national History Day Competition April 4. This was a record number of participants for Waukee’s two middle school.

Seventh graders Jadon Haynes, Michael Adato and Ethan Adato and eighth grader Madi Shutters will advance to compete at the state competition May 7.

National History Day (NHD) program helps students discover historical issues, ideas, people and events. Students work individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five students to produce documentaries, exhibits, performances, papers or websites.

NHD not only provides history teachers with an innovative teaching tool but also promotes a number of skills that students need for a successful future.

National History Day:
• Builds research, comprehension, critical thinking, and presentation skills.
• Integrates the arts, social sciences, and other disciplines into an historical presentation.
• Fosters pride in and understanding of local, state, national, and world heritage.
• Develops creativity.
• Improves self-esteem.
• Promotes a positive experience with history and learning.

The State Historical Society of Iowa has coordinated NHD since 1994. The State Historical Society of Iowa has coordinated NHD since 1994. Information from NHD was used in this story.

Special recognition went to:

Frank Li
Grant Hemphill
Mikala Clark
Gavin Minor
Tim Matheson
Brady Denton
Sawyer Wiese
Zoey Clark

Students recognized as finalist were:

Maddie Anderson
Kaelyn Brooks

Students moving on to compete at the state level on May 7:

Jadon Haynes
Michael Adato
Ethan Adato
Madi Shutters

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Waukee, Iowa 50263
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