Earlier this week, Michelle Buria, a financial advisor with the downtown Duluth office of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named Vice President - Investments.
Buria has served with Wells Fargo Advisors for six years and has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Buria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial Management from the University of St. Thomas and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP ®) designee. She is a member of Rotary Club #25 and is a Board Director at Marshall School. Buria lives in Duluth with her husband, Dave Lambert, and their daughter, Briana.
Marshall School took a trip back in time for the Northeast Regional round of the National History Day competition March 14.
Every year, students are given a theme to base their historical explorations around. This year's theme is Leadership and Legacy in History. The National History Day website also provides a list of sample topics for students to explore. Students are encouraged to choose their own topic and are given four categories to use as a medium to present: documentaries, websites, exhibits, and performance. Students may also choose to write a paper.
Marshall sent 16 Upper School Honors History projects to compete for a spot in the state round, with 12 projects advancing. Additionally, 11 Upper School students chose to write papers instead of creating a presentation. All 11 papers automatically advance to state. Another 25 Marshall Middle School projects were also displayed, and five advanced to state.
According to National History Day's official website, "The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding."
For Marshall, this mission yielded an array of videos, display boards, and websites, which will be displayed in the Senior Commons during conferences, starting Wednesday.
"I think that sense of competition pushes and encourages students a little bit more, because they know they're going up against other people, so they need to be on their game a bit more," said Upper School history teacher Dr. Anita Larson. "Even if they didn't compete, all honors history students had to complete a project, because they're learning research skills, they're learning writing skills, time management skills; things that are valuable whether they compete or not."
According to Larson, the history day projects are still a work in progress. Judges give state-bound students feedback, and students are encouraged to revise and improve their project for state. Larson and Marshall's other honors history teacher, Brianne Vigen, encourage students who didn't compete to continue revising their projects as well.
"I think in the beginning they get really excited as they start digging into the research and they start realizing how much they're learning about their topic. I saw students get really excited about what they were learning," said Larson.
As teachers, Larson and Vigen are excited to see students put classroom practices in action.
"I'm most excited about seeing what they have learned," Larson said about the student-selected projects. "They are learning to research, they're learning how to write a thesis statement, and how to take notes from what they're reading; and to see them learn how to do that in something they're interested in is exciting. When they get to choose who they're researching, and then apply those skills, it's a lot more exciting as a teacher because you see the light bulb kind of come on."
The History Day competition served both as a competition of academic performance, but also showed a great deal of the type of character these events can reveal.
"At regional competition, the students all represented Marshall school so well with their projects, their demeanor and their poise," said Larson. "We're very proud of our students who went to regionals whether they advanced to state or not."