Students head to national history competition

For most students, summer has started and they’re running around care free, not even thinking about school.

From Left to Right: Chase Dhamers, Tate Nordby, & Jayden Dhamers wash vehicles to raise money for their trip to Washington D.C.
From Left to Right: Chase Dhamers, Tate Nordby, & Jayden Dhamers wash vehicles to raise money for their trip to Washington D.C.

Posted June 13, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

For most students, summer has started and they’re running around care free, not even thinking about school. But for a small group of four, their education still has a few more days left.

Teacher Jule Lyons is heading a group of students that have been participating in History Day, a national competition similar to a science fair, only focused on historical themes.

This year’s theme was ‘Rights and Responsibilities in History,’ and Lyons had four students place first at the state competition that was held in Bismarck on Apr. 7. By placing first, the students advanced to the national event that goes for three days, starting June 15 in Washington D.C.

Each student chose a topic, and chose a unique way to research and display their topic. Senior Hannah Dhamers produced a documentary on the Bank of North Dakota.

Jaydend Dhamers, an 8th-grader, produced a museum-like story board on Henry Ford titled “Henry Ford, Hero or Human.”

7th-grader Tate Nordby did a 10 minute performance on the topic of Fish and Game titled “Preserving the Dakota Wildlife.”

Chase Dhamers, a 6th-grader, covered the topic of the Claims on Klondike Goldrush and produced a documentary titled “Staking the Motherload.”

The requirements for the project are much more stringent than one would expect. Each student is required to produce their project using both a primary source, such as an interview, and a secondary source, such as a reference book. They are able to use books, interviews and E-sources.

Each student is also required to submit an annotated bibliography along with a 500 word paper along with their project.

The whole premise of this competition is project based learning. It allows the students to learn and be creative and choose the way they want to present their research in a way that they choose. The students have been working on their projects since October.

In an effort to raise a little money for their trip, they put on a car wash in the parking lot of the Amidon Fire Station.

Starting at about 10 a.m. on Monday, June 9, they were steady all day long. According to Lyons, they had more than 10 cars stop and get their car cleaned. The entities who have already donated include the county commissioners, the Slope County Fair Board and the school board. Lyons said they don’t have any more fund raisers planned, but if people would like to donate they can do so by sending funds to the Amidon school located at 106 Court Avenue, Amidon, ND 58620.

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