Three Marshall Students Advance to National History Day

Three Marshall Students Advance to National History Day

A trio of Marshall School students advanced to National History Day based on their performances at the state level May 2 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Andrew Kneepkens and Erik Shirley earned first-place honors for their project on Charles de Gaulle, while Farley Dodge-Hammond garnered a third-place finish for his project on Henry VIII. The students now move on to Nationals in College Park, Md., June 14.

Both Shirley and Kneepkens noted that the depth of their research for their project was eye opening not only to themselves, but also to the judges. The two juniors framed their project under the 'group exhibit' category. This year's overall theme for National History Day is 'Leadership and Legacy in History.'

Dodge-Hammond dubbed his project, "The English Reformation: King Henry VIII's Power Struggle." He tackled the divisive actions in which King Henry VIII separated church and state. Dodge-Hammond, also a junior, designed a website outlining the actions and effects Henry VIII had, both initially and today.

Approximately 60 Minnesota students have advanced to the National History Day finals in June. Started in the mid-1970s, the History Day program include more than 500,000 students participating through schools nationwide, learning historical content and developing research, thinking, and communication skills. Minnesota is one of the biggest participants in History Day, with nearly 25,000 students competing.

Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots



There might be plenty of paths from Korea to New York City's theater stages, but Paul Yoon may have taken one of the longer routes. The 2016 Marshall graduate started his journey in our Fregeau Auditorium and now finds himself at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Click below to learn more about Paul's journey from the Korea to the Big Apple with a critical layover in the Twin Ports!

Many people feel this is the best time of the year because of all the holidays, celebrations, and cheer as we wrap up another trip around the sun. More than a few others celebrate lists this time of year. Top moments of 2017, top movies of 2017, top sports plays of 2017 ... all those year-end lists give us chances to compare, contrast, debate and delve into a year's worth of memories. We're lucky at Marshall to have Kim Kosmatka as our photographer. She's talented, she's the best at capturing those "Marshall moments," and she knows our school and students so well! We've asked Ms. Kosmatka to put together her 17 best photos from 2017, and we'll be unveiling one per day leading up to 2018. The first photo, along with a bit of insider info from Ms. Kosmatka, will be on our Facebook page December 15. Be sure to head there each day to see this list unfold. And, since it is the giving season, be sure to give our Marshall School page a "like" and a "follow" if you haven't yet. Let's also spread the cheer to those outside of the Marshall community (and, in turn, give Ms. Kosmatka some much-deserved love) by hitting the "share" button on these fantastic photos images for which we are so thankful!