Thirty nine Storm Lake Middle School students participated in the Regional History Day Competition on Saturday, March 24.
Students completed as either individuals or groups in three categories: Displays, Documentaries or Performances.
The Competition is particularly fierce in the Displays - usually 85 percent of the entries are entered in this category.
SLMS has four Documentaries going on to State: Mara Cantrell-Paulson whose project is the Triangle Factory Fire; Andrew Van Hulzen, Pearl Harbor; Emily Johnson and Ryan Grant, Bald Eagles and DDT; Hannah Oxley, Amy Schwartz and Abbey Brophy who researched the practice of Sati and Ram Mohan Roy's efforts to end it.
"It was kind of scary," says Amy, of the practice where widows were burned on their husbands' funeral piers.
Three performances will also advance. Katie Schulz will do an individual performance on the Orphan Trains; Julie Cantrell-Paulson, Lizzie Eller and Madison Cerizo, The Day the Music Died; Tori Emery, Danika Pittenger, Mikayla Nicholson, Jodi Wendt, Alanna Piercy all researched the Dust Bowl.
Katie Schulz was one of the contestants that will be advancing to state competition. She is a seventh grader that participated in the contest last year. " I did it last and got the bug for it," she said.
This year she did an individual performance called Tragedies on the tracks. The preformance is about the Orphan Trains. The reason she chose this subject was because it was something she hadn't heard of until she read a historical fiction book that was about the orphan trains.
In her performance, which she describes as "kind of a monologue," she played four people who were involved in the trains in reality. The people she portrayed were Charles Loring Brace, who was a founder of the Orphan trains, in the 1920; Clara Comstock who was an agent from the Orphan Trains, in 1883; Foster parents from Clarinda that adopted from the Orphan Trains, in 1922; a Grown up orphan train rider from around 1929. Katie's monologue was about nine minutes and 30 seconds. It couldn't exceed 10 minutes. Katie commented that, "this year it was less nerve wracking, since I have done it before."
Storm Lake did dominate the competition, with the most amount of entries. They are excited to go to state competition.