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Students Across New Mexico Named Finalists in National History Day State Contest

Over seventy students out of the hundreds of participants were selected as state finalists and took home awards from the state National History Day event on April 28, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. First and second place winners will go on to represent the state at the national competition, which takes place in College Park, MD in June.


ALAMOGORDO

With the support and guidance of NHD teacher, David Lozano, Mountain View Middle School students earned special recognition prizes for their notable work. Victoria Rafter and Brianna Nollette won the Junior Division History of Technology Award for their exhibit on Nikola Tesla who made important contributions to modernity through his inventions. The Junior Division Hispanic Heritage Award went to Tyler Coyazo for his website on Cesar Chavez, the farm workers’ rights activist.


ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque Christian School students, with the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Dawn McKenzie, placed highly across many categories. First place winners include Maria Berg and Ellie Carman who created a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Pammy Pitcher and Tawney Weatherford for their group performance on suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns; Brianne Kudson and Lynnea Knudson’s website on the British suffrage movement; and Steven West for his performance on Miguel Hidalgo who led the Mexican independence movement. Second place winner, Olivia Templin, will also be representing New Mexico at the national contest for her paper on Pancho Villa. Other award winners include Tyler Hernandez’s exhibit on the founder of MADD for which he won third place and Jared Velasquez who won the Creativity Award for his exhibit on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


Homeschooler, Rachel Penner, is off to nationals with her first place and History of Technology Award-winning paper Astro-nots: How Jerrie Cobb and the Mercury 13 Took a Stand Against Sexism.


Cien Aguas International School will be sending Emily Ramos, Daniel Topa, Kimberly Martinez, Evelyn Ortiz, and Angel Chavez to nationals with their second place winning website on Lewis Hines and how his photography changed child labor laws, which also won the Visual and Performing Arts Award. Miriam Beltran Moreno, Inanna Wilson, Ella Eleven, Vanessa Ramirez and Flor Morales won the Women’s History Award for their website on the history of the Equal Rights Amendment. Students give thanks to NHD teacher, Reanna Servatt, for her assistance.


Hope Christian Middle School students, under the guidance of teachers Stephanie Wilson and Nancy Heisey, had several award-winning projects. Two second place winners will be going to nationals in June: Abby Davis with a performance about Nez Perce Chief Joseph’s attempt to move his people to Canada, and John King with a website on the Federalist Papers. Other award winners include Michael Berg who won third place and the Journalist Award for his documentary on Upton Sinclair, and Grace Van Gilst and Jade Woodfin who also won third place for their exhibit on the battle of the Alamo.


Immanuel Lutheran School student, Bella Thomas, created an exhibit on the voice of punk culture earning her the Creativity Award.

West Mesa High School, with the help of veteran NHD teacher, Luisa Castillo, earned two awards. Genesis Heredia, Melanie Mendoza and Guadalupe Moreno earned third place for their performance about equal opportunity to education and Mitzy Magana and Carlos Aguilar won the Sports History Award for their exhibit on Muhammad Ali.


FARMINGTON

Hermosa Middle School, with the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Susan Boyles, placed highly across many categories. Kyleen Urtola won first place for her documentary on the Angels of Bataan and Corrigador. Matthew Farnsworth won second place for his documentary on Captain Witold Pilecki. Both Urtola and Farnsworth will represent New Mexico at nationals in Maryland. Other Hermosa award winners include Bryan Hilton who won third place for his performance on Hubener vs. Hitler; Jenevae Fisk, another third place winner, for her website on Copernicus; and Brooklyn Hanon who earned the Science History Award for her website on Van Phillips.

Heights Middle School NHD teachers Andrea Baker and Wende Baker helped three students earn awards. Jenna Basham won first place for her exhibit on the Little Rock Nine. The Sports History Award went to Gracie Besey and Madeline Clugston for their exhibit on Jesse Owens.

Sacred Heart Catholic School student Rylee Brachle will represent New Mexico at nationals after winning second place for her paper on Reies Lopez Tijerina. A special award for African American History was earned by Cora Mullins for her paper on Nat Turner.


Piedra Vista High School teacher Kathryn Hatfield helped Samantha DeWees and Corbyn Foster win first and second prize respectively. DeWees developed a performance on The White Rose, a Nazi Gernamy resistance group and Foster created a documentary about Father Antonio José Martinez, a champion of New Mexico people and culture.

Veteran Farmington High School NHD teacher, Erin Gockel, had four students earn special awards. Keely Stockham won third prize for her performance about Adelina Otero Warren. Two projects won awards for their projects on the Dominican Mirabal Sisters who challenged the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, Tiffany Hood and Mikaila Dart won the Women’s History Award for their documentary and Sierra Martin won the Hispanic Heritage Award for her paper.


LORDSBURG

NHD teacher, Michelle Culberson, helped Dugan-Tarango Middle School students place highly in the competition all of whom will represent New Mexico at the national competition. Quincy Connor, Silvia Ford and Genesis Hill won second place and a special award for Civil Rights History for their documentary on Muhammad Ali. Destiny Leyva, Tina Martinez, Vanessa Montoya, Dominick Needham, and William Wright also earned second place for their historical performance on the Salem Witch Trials.


LOS ALAMOS

With the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Brent Collom, Los Alamos High School students, Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom, won second place for their website on the Berlin Airlift and Soviet Union resistance in post-World War II Germany. Ashford and Wallstrom will represent New Mexico at nationals in Maryland.

Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin won third place and the LGBTQ Award for their website on the Stonewall Riots, the impetus for the gay civil rights movement.


MORIARTY

Moriarty High School students, with the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Amy Page, placed highly across many categories. First place winners include Salomon Chavez, Dehaven Hudson and Ashley Strader for their documentary on school integration; Samantha Berry, Sage Bond, Grace McCleave, and Martin Tapia for an exhibit on how political cartoons brought public awareness to corruption; Tyla Ware’s exhibit on the Children’s Crusade of 1963; and Kacie Armendariz, Ashley Gleason and Elijah Wildenstein who also won the Western History Award for their exhibit on the Chicano New Mexican fight for land rights. Second place winners are Laura Ornelas for her paper on South African human rights; Caden Manning, Jaron Manning, Rebekah Page, Audrey Pearce, and Xavier Romero for their collaborative performance on a rum runner stand during prohibition; Sara Lehnert for her exhibit Up All Night to Get Lucky; and Akash Patel for his website about the Indian Rebellion of 1857. All first and second place winners will go on to the national contest in Maryland.

Other winners from Moriarty High School include Erin Serrano with her website called Juvenile Justice: Taking a Stand for the Future for which she placed third and Jessica Armijo who won the Civil Rights Award for her documentary highlighting 1st Amendment Rights in the Tinker vs. Des Moine case.


From Moriarty Middle School, Angel Armenta, Royal Page and Henry Schuett earned second place for their website on the origins of Crimestoppers and will represent New Mexico at nationals. Madison Satterfield and Olivia Chavez won the Jewish History Award for their exhibit on Zegota, a Polish organization to protect Jews during World War II.


SANTA FE

Three Academy for Technology and the Classics students, with the support and guidance of Jon Seyfried, NHD teacher, all earned first place in their categories and will be representing New Mexico in Maryland. Calder Evans built a website telling the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to run for public office and Max Manzanares and Theodore Gonzales developed a website about Muhammad Ali and his resistance to the draft.


Mandela International Magnet School will also be represented at nationals. With the support of NHD teacher Mark Riniker, Pearl Mariano won first place for her paper on Taos Pueblo’s fight for Blue Lake. Third place went to Amara Ravelo for her paper on Lozen, the Apache woman warrior.


SILVER CITY

Silver High School students, with the support and guidance of Lee Wilson and veteran NHD teacher Claudie Thompson, placed highly across many categories. First place winners include Parker McMillan who developed a website describing the significance of the Loyola Ramblers basketball team, Gabriela O’Keefe with a documentary on the Weather Underground and David Siddens, Reagen Barragan, Angelina Sanderson, Nicole Rodriguez and Katherine Brown with their group performance on the Zoot Suit Riots. Second place winners will also be representing New Mexico at the national contest and include Dianne Rothpletz and Breanna McDonald for a documentary about the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Shelby Laney, Serena Castillo and Stephanie Frisch for their exhibit on the Olympian Wilma Rudolph; Elizabeth Sorells for her documentary about the Coxey unemployment march; and Edward Misquez’s performance on Apache warriors Victorio and Nana.


Other award winners from Silver High School include third place finalists Katherine Dunlap, Kendra McNeil and Salianna Goss with a documentary on Mexican-American rights which also won the Office of State Historian Award; Mary Thuerauf, Angelica Rodriguez and Ashley Terraza who created an exhibit on the retaliation for the 1972 Munich massacres which earned them a special prize for Jewish History; Haley Baxter for her exhibit The G-Man Who Took a Stand which also won the Manhattan Project/Cold War History Award; and Kate Sokulsky-Boyce for her paper on the Lakota war. Marissa Young won the Asian History Award for her paper on Chiune Sugihara who helped thousands of Jews escape Lithuania during World War II.


La Plata Middle School students, led by Dayna Jones, veteran NHD teacher, also made a strong showing at the state contest. Anastasia Campbell and Talyse Hansen placed first for their exhibit on Amelia Bloomer and will be representing the state at the national contest in June. Third place winners were Alexis McKinney, Anthony Griffin, Hannah Skinner and Kinley Harper for their group performance on the Boston Tea Party; Mikaela Johnson for a documentary on Mother Teresa; Arissa Hartwell and Jaimy Flores for their website about Cesar Chavez which also earned them the Farm & Ranch Heritage Award. Ashlyn Richey and Dominique Gutierrez took home the Medical History Award for their work on a Dorothea Dix exhibit.


WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE

White Sands Middle School students Jacob Paschal and Alexander Lyons won third place for their historical documentary on George Washington’s Navy.