Friday, June 25, 2010


Missouri students made the Show-Me State proud at the National History Day (NHD) event at the University of Maryland-College Park, June 13-17. Patrick Lawhon from Pembroke High School in Kansas City won first place for his Senior Individual Performance, “The Box that Made the World Smaller.” Lawhon’s topic on the invention of the shipping container demonstrated this year’s national theme, “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” Lawhon also won the Dr. William Stolz III Special Prize at the Missouri state contest held in Columbia on April 10.

Missouri students’ participation in all levels of the NHD program is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia.

Two Missouri students received recognition for Outstanding State Entries: Matt Vallorani from Holy Infant School, Ballwin, for his Junior Web site entry, “Steam Engine: Powering the Industrial Revolution,” and Emily Duncan of Liberty Junior High School for her Senior Web site entry, “The Discovery of Insulin: A Medical Marvel for the Sugar Sickness.” Vallorani placed ninth nationally in his division and Duncan placed eighth. The highest-ranking Missouri participant for Junior Individual Performance was Justin Shock from Gideon Junior High School who placed ninth with “Out of Darkness,” an exploration of Louis Braille’s invention of the code that enabled the blind to read. Missouri teacher Melanie Tipton of the Risco R-2 School District was one of eight finalists for the Public Broadcasting System’s Teacher of Merit Award. Tipton was awarded Missouri’s Teacher of the Year Award at the state contest in April.

National History Day is a yearlong program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. Each fall, more than 700,000 students nationwide begin the National History Day program, competing in a series of contests at local and state levels. The annual student competition is the nation’s oldest and the most highly regarded humanities contest for students in grades 6-12. NHD is open to all types of students-public, private, parochial, and home-school; urban, suburban and rural.

For more information about the State Historical Society of Missouri and Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia’s sponsorship of this important educational program, call (573) 882-7083 or (573) 882-0187.

The State Historical Society of Missouri
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Columbia, MO 65201
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