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Students sweep History Day

Pueblo West High School students completed a near-sweep of categories at this year’s Southeastern Regional History Day Competition, a huge achievement for students and teachers.

“We had 42 winners out of 250 competitors,” said Sheila Sloan, who is a co-sponsor of the event for Pueblo West High School with Michelle Erickson and Lindsey Moore. “We have students that won first, second and third in almost every category this year!”

Five high schools competed at the regional event.

Prior to that, about 250 students from Pueblo West competed in a History Day at the school, where history teachers, administrators and others helped judge the projects.

From there, the top three from each category (plus a few extras) went onto regionals. Beginning a few years ago, schools have been encouraged to have their own History Days to help narrow the pool of competitors at the regional competition, which is held at and coordinated by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

“They have history professors and historians as judges,” Sloan said. “It’s just wonderful. It’s wonderful to see kids get so excited about history. I think this awakens a lot of them.”

All freshmen at the high school participate in History Day, and other students can choose to join in.

Sloan teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History to mostly juniors and seniors, and because they wrote papers about the 100th anniversary of Ludlow, several of them chose to enter their research papers in History Day, as well.

There are five categories for History Day – performance, websites, documentaries, exhibits and research paper.

Students get to choose their category, decide whether to work as individuals or a group, and pick their topic (this year the time period recommended was from reconstruction to present day).

“We try to keep it in the time period they’re studying,” Sloan said. “Kids are using research tools and databases that are really cutting edge. Their research skills skyrocket, and this introduces them to the idea of research at a young age, which is great.”

All the entries for the high school’s History Day were displayed in the library, so Sloan said the students took pride knowing their work was visible to the rest of the student body and staff.

Students who placed at the Southeastern Regional History Day Competition are: in the Performance, individual, first place Travis Romero, second place Meghan Kinnischtzke; Performance, group, first place Ian Miles, Sarah Didericksen and Katie Storey, second place Jourdan Snyder, Brittney Schlup, Michael Peters and Hanna Douglass.

Websites, individual, first place Bryce Hill, second place Destin Bogart; websites, group, first place David Lichliter and Jarrett Loughry, second place Makala Flickinger and Hannah Waldero, third place Luke Erickson, Braxton Bedwell, Sam Cabrera and Ethan Hays.

Documentaries, individual, first place Tony Sun, second place Kennedy Taylor; documentaries, group, first place Reilly Spence and Hannah Taylor, second place Carmen Boren and Shania Roberts, third place Morgan Even, Olivia Fronmueller and Emily Simpson.

Exhibits, individual, first place Megan Price, second place Landon Ure, third place Evan Ward; exhibits, group, first place Bethany Kwitek and Annemarie Parker, second place Cameron Brinkley, Cody Cozzolino, Alexander Daugherty and Michael DeNardo, third place Taryn Medina Taylor Swatzki.

Papers, individual, first place Eric Sun, second place Jenette Watkins, third place Jacob Sloan.

Also awarded by the United Mineworkers, a cash prize for outstanding projects on the Ludlow Massacre. Winners were Eric Sun, $500, Jenette Watkins, $250, and David Lichliter and Jarrett Loughry, $250.

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