|Battle Ground students' History Day projects win at state|
Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
|Published on Wednesday June 2, 2021 - 1:03 AM|
"The project really tested me and Lilly's friendship," said O'Lear after presenting their display to the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors at their May 24 meeting. "We had to learn to really communicate."
What is normally a time-consuming and difficult process was made even more so by the difficulties of remote communication, the girls said. They were able to return to their classrooms just a week before the regional competition and snag a first-place finish in the regional event.
"For them to do as well as they did, with the initiative and perseverance, parents dragging them back and forth to school," said Rene Soohoo, who teaches history and English at Pleasant Valley Middle School and has advised students on History Day projects for three decades. "I really appreciate that."
A total of 21 students from Pleasant Valley, Chief Umtuch Middle Schools and River HomeLink moved on from the Southwest Washington regional National History Day competition to the statewide round on May 1. The top two finishers in each category go on to the National History Day competition in June.
Several Battle Ground teams finished just outside of the top two. A third-place finish can move on to the national competition if one of the top two teams is unable to compete.
This year's winners are:
Pleasant Valley Middle School
Junior Division - Group Exhibit:
3rd Place- Lilly Roman-Myers and Kaylie O'Lear:
4th Place- Kirstina Goldinov, Abigail Dubinskiy; Layla Segovia; Alissa Huynh:
"The March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama: How the March Shamed the U.S. in World Opinion and Led to the Passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill"
Junior Division - Group Performance:
3rd Place- Kira Wilson and Amelia DeMoss:
"Clarity, Quantity, Focus: Key to Understanding How the Federalist Papers Convinced the States to Ratify the Constitution"
E Vitus Campus Outstanding local history award:
Chief Umtuch Middle School
6th Place- Tova Orth and Ava Dhanens:
"Radium Advertising and Industry in the 1900s"
Soohoo also noted that both the Chavez and Selma exhibits were up against more than 20 projects from students across the state. Finishing first and third in the regional contest, the third and fourth in the statewide competition is an amazing accomplishment for any student; especially in a year when communication could be exceptionally difficult.