Joplin, MO (SNS) – Several area students were honored during the National History Day in Missouri contest, held April 25 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The nine entries in the state contest had advanced from the Missouri Region 6 History Day contest, held in March at Missouri Southern State University.

The theme for the 2015 History Day contest is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Entries from area high schools, junior highs, middle schools and home schools included research papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries and websites.  Students in grades six through eight competed in the Junior Division; grades nine through 12 in the Senior Division.

More than 550 students competed at the state level. First- and second-place winners in each category will be among Missouri’s delegates to National History Day, to be held June 14-18 at the University of Maryland-College Park. Third-place winners will serve as alternate delegates.

The local results are as follows:

Junior (6-8) Individual Exhibit

Second place: Taylor Mailes, Seneca R-7 School
“Helen Keller: The Blind Who Saw a Great Light to Purify the World”

Junior (6-8) Group Exhibit

Second place: Destiny George, Autumn Achey and Hannah Crouch, South Middle School, Joplin

“Irena Sendler: Leading Zegota and Leaving an Inspiring Legacy”

Junior (6-8) Group Performance

First place: Tori Goostree, Rachel Lacey, Hallie Mitchell and Audrey Shockley, Wheaton R-3 School

“The Need is Real; the Time is Now: The Legacy of Clara Barton”

Junior (6-8) Group Documentary

First place: Ben Koelkebeck and Grant Goltra, South Middle School, Joplin

“Roy Stryker, The Man Who Led Americans to see America”

Junior (6-8) Individual Web Site

First place: Avery Oehlschlager, South Middle School, Joplin

“Robert Owen: Leading the Workforce into a Utopian Society”

Third place: Jacob Jones, South Middle School, Joplin

“Dragutin Dimitrijevic: Leading the Way for Unification and Death in the Early 20th


Senior (9-12) Individual Exhibit

Second place: Tyler Gray

“John Work Garrett: Life on the Rails: Leadership and Legacy Traveled the Tracks”

Senior (9-12) Group Documentary

Third place: Savannah Huff, Lauren Fogarty, Joplin High School

“V for Victory: Winston Churchill and His Vital Role in World War II”

Senior (9-12) Group Web Site

Third place: Quinn Lasley and Elijah Paden, Carthage High School

“The Fight Was Never about Grapes and Lettuce: The Leadership and Legacy of Cesar Chavez”

In addition, a local student and teacher were awarded special prizes:

Strickland African-American History Prizes

Junior Individual Performance
Silas Hauser, Seneca R-7 School
“Greensboro Lunch Counter: A Story of Four Boys’ Courage”

Joseph Webber Joseph Webber Teacher of Merit Award

Sara Reineke, North Middle School,  Joplin