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the History Day program include more than 500,000 students participating through schools nationwide, learning historical content and developing research, thinking, and communication skills.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.