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National History Day 2007 Finals

Junior Division Presentations and Judging Begins


NHD 2007 Finals
The junior individual performance
from Altoona and their fan club
relax after a great interview.

Today, the junior division students in Team Wisconsin met with the judges to present their research and projects. Team Wisconsin represented the state well - with documentaries, performances, papers and exhibits on a wide variety of topics. Everyone was impressed with their hard work, scholarship and ability to stay calm during the interviews! Congratulations once again on all your hard work!

The senior division students spent the day touring in Washington D.C. and came back with a few sunburns and many more stories to share. Tomorrow is their turn to present to the judges and we wish them luck as they share in the culmination of months of research, analysis and presentation!

Sarah and Eric




Posted at 10:00 AM

Lisa Peck, Altoona


NHD 2007 Finals
Lisa Peck examines her collection
of History Day buttons.

Hi, I'm Lisa Peck and I am from Altoona Wisconsin. We did a performance today about the San Francisco earthquake. It went great and I love my team! I have had a super fun time here at the National History contest in Washington D.C. I have met so many people, collected so many buttons, and I really loved going to the exhibits and seeing all of the cool projects that people have been researching for so many months.

National History Day is cool because there are so many people that care about the same things that I do—history! I know the people that I have met here are really truly my friends and we will be for a long time. I have seen so many things, but the best part was probably being on the Metro. I really liked being in the city and seeing all of the different sites and people.

So far, this has been a really great time and I can't wait until next year. Peace. Love. and History!




Posted at 10:01 AM

Emily Taylor and Elise Shedivy, La Crosse


NHD 2007 Finals
Emily and Elise's creative exhibit
about Ellis Island.

Hello Wisconsin! Our names our Elise Shedivy and Emily Taylor and we are from La Crosse, Wisconsin. We are both in the Senior Group Exhibit category this year at National History Day. Our project is about Ellis Island and is a suitcase exhibit filled with artifacts pertaining to the triumph and tragedy of Ellis Island.

Today we toured Washington D.C. and were really interested in the Holocaust Museum. It was an eye-opening experience because the things that we saw we will never forget. Throughout the museum, there was video footage, pictures, and personal items of Jewish heritage. We spent a lot of time touring this museum and learning about this tragedy. At the end, Holocaust survivors told their stories, which we found to connect directly to this year's NHD theme, triumph and tragedy. We really liked seeing all the exhibits and projects on display this afternoon and discovered many new things about history we never knew before.




Posted at 10:02 AM

Kate Van de Loo, Eau Claire


NHD 2007 Finals
Kate Van de Loo and Sarah Clement
on McKeldin Mall

My name is Kate Van de Loo. I live in Eau Claire. This is my third time at Nationals with a Junior Individual Performance. This year, my topic is Mme. Marie Curie's discovery of radium.

In my performance, I explained how Mme. Curie triumphed over lack of money, inadequate research space, and the doubt of other scientists because she was a woman physicist researching the new field of radioactivity. I explained the triumph that radium saved thousands of lives through Curietherapy and described the tragedy that Mme. Curie's own death resulted from her lifelong research which helped so many others.

During my research I discovered that Mme. Curie's older daughter, Irene, continued her mother's research, and eventually died from overexposure to radiation. Mme. Curie's younger daughter, Eve Curie Labouisse, is still alive and while she didn't give interviews I thought it was neat to find out about someone so close to my topic.

I am very excited to be attending the National Contest again! I have already toured the National Basilica and I look forward to spending tomorrow in Washington, D. C.!




Posted at 10:04 AM

Kelsey Barlament and Dara Daly


NHD 2007 Finals
Brittany King, Kelsey Barlament,
and Dara Daly interview
with judges following their
performance.

Hi, this is Kelsey Barlament and Dara Daly from Schofield, Wisconsin. Our project was titled "No Sight, No Sound, but What a Voice: The Triumph and Tragedy of Helen Keller."

Yesterday and today have been great! We went to a lot of museums, like the Holocaust Museum and the Natural History Museum and just had a blast. Today we presented our Helen Keller performance. We didn't move on, but it was really fun and everyone here is having such a great time. This has been one of the best experiences in my life and I still have a couple of days to create more memorable memories. We've met many people from other states like Hawaii. Some states make fun of our accents, but everyone here is so friendly. Eric and Sarah are such fun people to be around and are super nice, even though Eric's a little hardcore when playing Catchphrase!

This whole trip has been amazing! I'm glad our presentation went well and I love all of the "Wisconsin Crew" because everyone is so much fun. I have met so many great people that I will remember for a long time. History Day provides many great experiences as we learn new things, meet new people, and tour Washington D.C.




Posted at 10:05 AM

Liz Christians, Madison


NHD 2007 Finals
Liz's son, Nate Smith, and friends
play board games and relax in
the Team Wisconsin lounge.

Hi! My name is Liz Christians and I'm a History Day parent from Madison.

Sarah was right: you should stay in the dorms when you come to National History Day. Last year, when my son, Nate Smith, was part of a group performance we stayed off-campus. This year we're in the dorms. True, the nice hotel had air conditioning and an ice machine, but it didn't have all the new friends and great parents that we've found in the dorms. History Day is such a great experience for these kids as they not only learn research and presentation skills, but also meet new people. Best of luck to all the Wisconsin Senior Division competitors tomorrow. The Junior Division kids did us all proud today!




Posted at 10:06 AM

Leslie Kroker, La Crosse


NHD 2007 Finals
Leslie Kroker waits for the judges'
signal to begin her junior
individual documentary
about Arthur Ashe.


Posted at 10:10 AM

Mallory Durlauf, Madison


NHD 2007 Finals
Susan Nelson, Mallory Durlauf
and Laura Springman get ready
to head into D.C.
after a successful interview.


Posted at 10:11 AM

Wil Gibb, Milwaukee


NHD 2007 Finals
Wil Gibb's junior individual exhibit
about polio.


Posted at 10:30 AM

Kendall McHenry and Alyssa Bredeson, Holmen


NHD 2007 Finals
Kendall McHenry
and Alyssa Bredeson's
junior group exhibit about
Amelia Earhart.


Posted at 10:45 AM
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