Students, teachers take history contest honors


June 24, 2014


The following news release is shared on behalf of National History Day. Congratulations to Romig Middle School student Brynn Boeckmann who won the Outstanding State Award. Congratulations also goes out to Chugiak High School teacher Debbie LaRue who was one of two Alaska teachers to win the Behring Teacher Award.


News Release

Alaska History Day

Contact: Darrell Lewis

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30 Alaska Students Compete for Prizes in History Contest


Washington, D.C. – June 19, 2014 -- Thirty students from across Alaska competed for prizes and scholarships this week at the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland in College Park. Students presented their projects at the annual competition June 15-19, where nearly 3,000 students gathered for the annual event.


Anchorage student Brynn Boeckmann took home the Outstanding State Award for the Junior Division for her website on Alice Paul, and Fairbanks student Marlene Bond won the Outstanding State Award for the Senior Division for her documentary on the Role of Women in the Third Reich. Other topics researched by Alaska's National History Day students included Project Chariot, Slavery in West African Cocoa Plantations, the Unangan Internment, Alice Paul's Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote, and the Berlin Wall.


Two Alaska teachers also won awards! Chugiak teacher Debbie LaRue and Fairbanks teacher Heidi Imhof each won the Behring Teacher Award for Alaska. Two History Day teachers from each state were selected to receive the award.


While in Washington, D.C. Alaska's students met their Congressional Delegation where they quizzed Senator Murkowski, Senator Begich, and Congressman Young about topics such as energy, air pollution, education, and the King Cove road. Other topics included the Tea Party's influence in the GOP, closing of the National Archives in Anchorage, and guns on University of Alaska campuses.


The Alaska History Day program is run through a partnership between the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office and the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.


About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than two million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD program. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring, at local and state where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. Visit


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