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National History Day 2007 Finals

Team Wisconsin has Arrived at the National Contest!

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Wisconsinites from across the state
take the Metro into D.C. to explore
the city and show off their
state pride.

Greetings from College Park, Maryland!

Wisconsin has triumphantly arrived at the National Contest and is ready to experience this amazing opportunity. Members of Team Wisconsin join forces to conquer the D.C. Metro system and discover our nation's capital. A highlight of the day was our visit to the Old Post Office Pavilion, which offered spectacular views of the city.

Team Wisconsin then returned to campus for a group meeting and scavenger hunt before heading to the opening ceremony. Acclaimed historical filmmaker, Ken Burns, captivated a record-breaking audience from around the nation.

On Monday junior division students will present their projects. We're proud of all their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck.

On Wisconsin!

Sarah and Eric, Team Wisconsin coordinators

Posted at 10:00 AM

Anne Drazkowski and Brittany Schmitt, Fountain City

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Anne Drazkowski and Brittany Schmitt
take a break from their American
football game with NHD students
from Germany.

Hey everyone! We are Anne Drazkowski and Brittany Schmitt. We did a documentary on Lavinia Goodell, Wisconsin's first female lawyer and are excited to compete Tuesday afternoon. We arrived on campus this morning and were quickly involved in on-campus activities. We had the chance to hear Ken Burns speak at the opening ceremony as well meet new people from many different states. Upon arrival we had the opportunity to ride on the Metro, which was a new experience for us. Tomorrow we plan to tour D.C. and all of its attractions.

Tonight we met a group of people from a Germany base. We hung out and played American football. We plan on keeping in touch and hanging out throughout the rest of the trip. We are having lots of fun and plan on making this trip a great experience.

Posted at 10:01 AM

Wes Peterson, Wisconsin Rapids

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Nate Smith and Wes Peterson
enjoy dinner in the Diner.

Hi, my name is Wesley Peterson and I came to NHD not sure of what the experience would be like. I have had a lot of success with my paper, which is on Pellagra, a diet deficiency disease. I came with doubt in my mind, but soon my doubts were cleared. My roommates, Nate and Jason, are great. I enjoy being with them and they are soon becoming friends. Almost all day I just wandered about, trying to figure out where to go. Once I got this figured out, I had a bit more fun.

Team Wisconsin had a photo treasure hunt. We had to find certain things and take pictures of them. As far as I know, our team was the only team to take a picture of a live cow! Towards the end of the day, I went to the opening ceremony. After the ceremony, I searched for pins of other states. My favorite things that I have done so far have to be the scavenger hunt and searching for pins. I am both excited and anxious to see how the judges react to my paper.

Posted at 10:02 AM

Lea Schoenberg and Emily Welch, Elkhorn

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Emily Welch, Lea Schoenberg,
Lauren Rinaldi, Mr. Lintonen, and
Joelle Jankowski riding the Metro
to the The Mall.

This is my first time on a trip without either of my parents and my first time in D.C. I am having so much fun! I have walked miles around the campus, in College Park and D.C. I road on the Metro for the first time. It is so easy after your first time. I saw the Washington Monument, World War II and Lincoln Memorials. We also been practicing our performance and trading lots of buttons.

We did a group project on the second Supreme Court hearing of Roe v. Wade. We are presenting this in a performance so it's pretty awesome!

I miss you Mom, Dad, Jill, Chuck, Levi, Austin, Isaac, and Joel. Hi all you people in Elkhorn. Wish us luck. Can't wait to tell you more about our experience.

Posted at 10:03 AM

Joseph Otterson, Monona

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Joseph Otterson and Muriel Otterson
watching the opening ceremony.

College Park, Maryland. What a town!. We flew in today at about 10 a.m. into Baltimore-Washington International Airport and made it to the University Campus by about 12. Wow! The campus is unbelievable! Then there's those dorm rooms. Make sure you have a fan if you stay in the dorms! I got a room on the 4th floor. My family and I explored the campus until the meeting outside our dorm at 3:30. Sarah and Eric provided the pizza and soda plus the "special edition" Wisconsin buttons. We started the scavenger hunt next which was great since I got to meet kids from all over the state and go all over the campus.

The opening ceremony was amazing! Thousands of kids from all over the country were there, trading buttons. I got about 30 states in less than an hour. Ken Burns gave an incredible speech, talking about his new WWII documentary and America's collective need for history. He finished with a quote by Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural speech, reminding us all of the collective historical ties that bind us together.

Posted at 10:04 AM

"On Wisconsin"

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Enthusiastic Wisconsinites belt "On Wisconsin"
while waiting for the shuttle to the Metro station.

Posted at 10:10 AM

Capital Building

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One of the spectacular views from the top of the
Old Post Office Pavilion.

Posted at 10:11 AM

Team Wisconsin Meeting

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Team Wisconsin meets and goes over our activities for
the week while getting to know other Wisconsinites.

Posted at 10:12 AM

Opening Ceremony

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Record-breaking crowd of enthusiastic students, teachers, and parents
gather to hear Ken Burns speak about his new documentary and the
value of history.

Posted at 10:13 AM

Stamp Student Union

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Stamp Student Union
National History Day headquarters

Posted at 10:14 AM
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