Local students triumph at state history fair, nine earn spot at nationals
The war of the History Fair has had its latest battle. On April 19, 2011, students armed with historical facts and creative projects gathered at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus to compete in the Utah State History Fair.
The top two winners in the State fair events are allowed to progress to the national competition. San Juan County threw down the gauntlet and will be sending a total of ten students forward in the fair.
Risha Price took first place in the state for her historical paper on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Clarissa Jack snatched up a first place spot in the state for her live performance about “Flappers” in the 1920’s.
In the individual exhibit category, Dallin Anderson won first place in the state with his display on the Transcontinental Railroad. Ally Anderson took second with a project on the Brown vs. the Board of Education Case.
Martha Beh took third place with a live performance on William Wilberforce and the British Slave Trade. The second place finisher is unable to attend the National History Fair, so Beh will take her place.
Jamie Keyes and Robin Randall received a cash stipend and the opportunity to display their project on Rosie the Riveter at the Fort Douglas Museum. All seven of these students are from Monticello High School.
San Juan High students also rose to the occasion. Logan Bradford won second place for his digital documentary about the Southern Ute Reservation.
Simone Shumway, Cortney Macdonald, and Madison Parker earned second place for a group exhibit on school trust lands.
In the web design category, Sierra Whipple took third for her project on the death penalty.
Nine of these hardcore history warriors will represent all of San Juan during the National History Fair at the University of Maryland. From June 12 to 16, they will contend against students from all over the country in their pursuit for historical glory!
A job well done, goes to all those who participated in the state fair, and gratitude goes to the teachers involved: Judy Barton at Monticello High School and Bill Sivert at San Juan High School.