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Congratulations to 14 St. John the Baptist School students from seventh and eighth grade who competed in District History Day Feb. 23 at Peru State College.

Approximately 300 students from 10 different schools in southeast Nebraska created projects for the competition. This year’s national theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History.”

All 14 students from St. John’s placed in the preliminary round of competition and advanced to the final round of the district contest. Six students placed at finals and qualified for the state contest which will be held at Nebraska Wesleyan University on April 6.

Qualifying for the state contest are:

Reed Greger, eighth grade – First Place in Individual Performance; Sophia Vercellino, eighth grade – Third Place in Individual Exhibit; Jozlyn Barnes and Krista Hardy, eighth grade – First Place in Group Exhibit; and Mackenzie Ludwig and Austin Sohl, eighth grade – Second Place in Group Exhibit.

In addition, Ella Wilson, seventh grade, was awarded the Arbor Lodge Award for best individual entry involving environmental issues and Kaelyn Monahan and Mia Fox, seventh grade, received the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum Award given for the best entry dealing with machinery used in agriculture.

St. John’s has been participating in History Day for more than 25 years. The program teaches critical thinking, writing, research skills and boosts performance across all subjects. National History Day is designed to help students learn to think like historians, exhibit their work in an authentic environment, and take ownership of their learning. It prepares students for college, career and citizenship. It inspires students to do more than they ever thought they could.

Mrs. Reinsch, Mrs. Rhoades and Mrs. Long for their dedication and efforts in preparing our students for success.


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