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PHS students perform well at State History Day

Paityn Lund, Marlee Curtis and Lauren Anderson, left to right, took part in Minnesota State History Day at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities last Saturday. Submitted photo

Three Perham High School students participated in the 2013 Minnesota State History Day Competition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on Saturday, May 4.

All three performed well and placed near the top of their competition categories.

Marlee Curtis received an Honorable Mention, placing in the top eight in the Individual Documentary category and also winning a topical award for “Humanitarian Projects.” Her documentary topic was, “The Minnesota Starvation Experiment.”

Lauren Anderson and Paityn Lund received fifth place in the Group Performance category with their “Failure is Impossible” project about the women’s suffrage movement.

Curtis, Anderson and Lund were among about 4,500 students across the state to participate in one of 13 different regional competitions. Finalists from the regional events enter their projects into the state competition. First and second place winners at state qualify to compete at the national level.

Minnesota State History Day is part of National History Day, an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12.

According to the National History Day in Minnesota website, History Day is intended to teach students to conduct in-depth research, use primary and secondary sources, read a variety of texts, analyze and synthesize information, and write and present historical content.

Students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme (this year’s theme was “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events”), research that topic and develop their research into one of five presentation categories: exhibit, documentary, performance or website.

National History Day in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.