Fourteen students representing nine projects from Jackson Hole High School competing in the statewide National History Day event this year were selected to go on to national competition in June. Altogether there were 167 entries in this year’s state History Day State Contest. This year’s theme was “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” 20 students from Jackson participated.
The group website team comprised of Wyatt Memsen, Max French and Brandon Brazil took first place with a website they created entitled “Truman’s Decision to Use the Bomb.” The team made up of Mia Fishman, Eddie Owens, and Nick Janssen took second place for their website “The Antiwar Objection of Mohammad Ali.” Lizzy Robinson, Morgan May, and Sophie Morgan placed third with “St Francis Mission Boarding School: Devastation on the Reservation” which was also awarded the AHC Native American Heritage Award. Beckett Lucas-Griffin and Colin Reese took second place for their group documentary “The Manhattan Project: Triumph of Science turn Tragedy,” while Brooklyn Hills and Hannah Freeze came in third with “Womens’ roles in society before and After WWII.” Lydia Thiess and Sydney Crothers took second place for their group performance “Triumph and Tragedy of Pearl Harbor in Two Perspectives and Over Time” while Kate Frederick and Sydney Wilmot came in first for “D-Day Invasion: Triumph at a Tragic Cost.” Maya Ferns took first place for her individual performance entitled “Kathrine Wright: Behind the Triumph and Tragedy of First Flight.” Virginia Girling was awarded second place for her individual documentary “I Never had a feeling Inferiority-Katherine Johnson and the Great Space Race,” but was also awarded the Elizabeth Chambers “Best Project in the State” Award and the UW History Outstanding Research Award.
These 10 projects will now represent Wyoming at the National History Day Contest June 9-13 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.