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Perham students at State History Day Contest

PWMS student, Amber Rasmussen and Bridgette Koljonen with their exhibit on "Bone Marrow Transplants."

Several Perham students presented History Day Projects at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, on May 1. State qualifiers from Perham High School included Brittany Koljonen, Individual Media Project on Sister Kenney; and Shelby Seifert and Group Exhibit on Bone Marrow Transplants. Competitors from Prairie Wind Middle School included Amber Rasmussen and Brittany Koljonen, group exhibit also on the topic of Bone Marrow Transplants but from a different perspective than the PHS project with the same title.

"History Day" is a state and national academic challenge that has been available to students in the Perham-Dent School District for 15 years. The program encourages students to choose a topic of interest correlate it with an annual theme, with this year's theme entitled "Innovations in History, Impact and Change." After doing historical research on their topics, students present evidence supporting their thesis in one of four categories (individually or in a group): exhibit, media, performance or research paper.

Area History Day teachers, who attended the state competition with their students for 2009-2010 school year, included Shelley Bunkowske, Perham; Tricia Hamann, Perham; Jason Boe, New York Mills; and Jen Trajden, Hawley.