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Idaho History Day's statewide competition is Friday at ACI

2007. 04. 09.

CALDWELL – Albertson College of Idaho will host the statewide Idaho History Day competition on Friday, April 13.

Idaho History Day is open to fourth- through 12th-graders. This year's theme is "Triumph and Tragedy in History."

To be eligible for the state competition, students must win one of the regional competitions. More than 1,000 students participated in this year's regional competitions, and 342 were chosen for state.

Topics by this year's entrants include:
  • Brianne Schwantes: Breaking Bones and Barriers – Group documentary by Jordan Wallace, Sarah Ballenger and Jessica McGrew from West Middle School in Nampa
  • Sacagawea: Key to Ultimate Triumph – Individual exhibit by Morgan Westmoreland from Meridian Middle School
  • Houdini – A Life Motto: Triumph or Tragedy – Individual performance by BriAnn Wendt from Kellogg High School
The top sixth- through 12th-graders in the state competition are eligible to compete in the national competition held in College Park, MD in June.

Winners at the state competition are awarded medals or ribbons. There are also scholarships, cash and other prizes available in specific categories.

Idaho students who participated in last year's national competition brought home several prizes, including:
  • Keegan Poppen, Riverstone Community School in Boise – $20,000 scholarship to the University of Minnesota for his documentary, An Agent for Change: Frank Church's Stand Against Illegal Covert Activities.
  • Katherine Forsythe, North Junior High in Boise – An all-expense paid trip to Jamestown, Virginia for The Explosive Mining War of 1899: Taking a Stand in the Coeur d'Alene's.
  • Kate Franklin, of St Mary's in Boise, and Tim Umbach, of Riverstone in Boise, who each took home the Best in Idaho prize.
The Idaho State Historical Society sponsors the regional and statewide program. To learn more about the Society, go to . To learn more about National History Day, go to