On March 19th, several 8th grade Decorah Middle School students participated in the regional National History Day (NHD) competition held at NICC. Twelve DMS students were recognized as finalists in the competition and will participate at the NHD state meet in Des Moines on April 29th. This year’s theme is Turning Points in History.

Iowa History Award: Kate Pattison and Camryn Quandahl: Title IX

State Qualifiers and their projects include the following:

Individual Performance

Kaya Johnson: Virginia Hall: One Women’s Impact on WWII

Individual Documentary

Max Goodner: Navajo Code Talkers: A Turning Point in WWII and Native Culture Acceptance

Charlotte LaBelle: Katherine Dunham: A Turning Point in Dance History

Group Documentary

Leah Garcia-Pratts and Poppy Bellrichard: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Individual Websites:

Matthew Burkholder: The Superbomb: Rising Tensions and Stakes

Stella Witt:Stonewall Riots

Group Exhibit

Evelyn Opheim and Liv Anderson: WASP: A Turning Point in Women’s Aviation

Group Website:

Frankie Kollasch and Raelyn Newhouse: Sergeant Stubby: A Turning Point in Police Dogs

Individual Paper:

Sophia McGee:Helen Taussig

DMS 8th grade NHD Regionals Full Group

All 8th graders who participated in the regional National History Day contest

DMS NHD Iowa History Awards 24

Iowa History Awards winners (l-r): Kate Pattison and Kate Pattison and Camryn Quandahl for their project Title IX

DMS NHD State Qualifiers

Front row (l-r): Liv Anderson, Evelyn Opheim, Leah Garcia-Prats, Poppy Bellrichard, Sophia McGee, Frankie Kollasch, Raelyn Newhouse

Back row (l-r): Stella Witt, Kaya Johnson, Matthew Burkholder, Max Goodner, Charlotte LaBelle