History Day


Historical Society of Michigan's 2024 State Finals: April 20, 2024 at Central Michigan University

District 6 Regional Competition: Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Location: WMU's Dunbar Hall & Student Center Ballroom


History Day 2023 Results for National Qualifiers:

Aliah Mohmand of Kalamazoo Central High School, sponsored by Bradley Ihrcke, placed third in the nation for the Senior Division Individual Exhibit category. Her entry was titled "Afghan Mujahideen: Catalyst for Collapse; Changing the Communist Frontier." Aliah's third-place finish was the highest for any Michigan entry in this year's National History Day competition.

State History Day Results for District 6 Qualifiers

Youth Division (Grades 4 & 5)

Group Documentary

First Place: Addison Williams, Noah Dubbink, Ella Cook (North Shore Elementary School), “Railroads: A New Frontier in War”—The Sam Breck Award for Best Entry in Railroad History

Second Place: Gwen Spencer, Annika Chalupa, Haven Spencer (North Shore Elementary School), “The Buckeye Bullet: Breaking Racial Barriers through a New Frontier”—Best Entry in African-American History

Third Place: Loralye Chmiel, Grace Gagie, Harper Trevino (The Gagie School), “Rachel Carson and Her Powerful Pen”

Individual Exhibit

First Place: Alec Perski (The Gagie School), “Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau: Pioneer and Explorer”—Best Entry in Naval or Maritime History

Group Exhibit

First Place: Omarion Robinson, Joshua Grimes (North Shore Elementary School), “From Slave to Soldier”

Second Place: Mackenzie Lepisto, Anya Oostveen, Carsyn VanderMolen (The Gagie School), “Elizabeth Blackwell: A Medical Pioneer”

Third Place: Starlin Trafton, Ellie Priebe (North Shore Elementary School), “Terrorism on Our Turf: September 11th—A New Frontier”

Individual Performance

First Place: Tenley Klock (North Shore Elementary School), “‘Bird Woman’ Sacagawea and Her Legacy in Exploring the New Frontier”—The Adler Award for Best Entry in Woman’s History

Second Place: Skylar Venick (The Gagie School), “Coco Chanel”

Group Performance

First Place: Cooper Priebe, Everly Strebeck (North Shore Elementary School), “Apollo 13: The Unplanned New Frontier in a New Frontier”—Best Entry in Use of Primary Sources

Individual Website

First Place:  Roger Bao (The Gagie School), “The White Rose”

Group Website

First Place: Ian Anderson, Alexander Glista (The Gagie School), “Henry Ford’s Big Ideas: Shaping a Car Industry”—Best Use of Economic History or Impact

Junior Division (Grades 6-8)

Individual Documentary

National Finalist: Cadence Phillips (Baseline Middle School), “The Stonewall That Didn’t Fall”

Group Documentary

National Finalist: Charlie Toy, Lucy Sikkema (The Gagie School), “Women in Space”

National Finalist: Tori Smith, Sarah Hudson (The Gagie School), “Private Citizens in Space: A New Frontier for Teachers”

Individual Exhibit

National Alternate: Gertrude Hermann-Wilmarth (Kazoo School)

Individual Performance

National Finalist: Hayden Washegesic (Baseline Middle School), “Americanization: ‘Kill the Indian, Save the Man’”

Group Performance

National Finalist: Ty Anderson, Drew Olney (Baseline Middle School), “It All Started with a Mouse: Disney and the New Frontiers in Animation”

Group Website

National Alternate: Jenessa Kleyn, Allyson Rose, Reagan Schipper, Charity VanBrugge, Madison DeVries (Providence Christian School)—Best Use of Economic History or Impact

Senior Division (Grades 9-12)

Individual Documentary

National Finalist: Tabitha Newberry (South Haven High School), “Everybody Dance Now: Martha Wash—Bringing Diversity and Positive Body Image to the Forefront”

Group Documentary

Lauryn Daugherty, Lauren Bartlett (South Haven High School), “An American First: A War Made for TV”—James Campbell Award for Best Use of Oral History

Individual Exhibit

National Finalist: Aliah Mohmand (Kalamazoo Central High School), “Afghan Mujahideen: Catalyst for Collapse; Changing the Communist Frontier”—Best Entry in Use of Family History

National Finalist: Georgia Edmonds (Loy Norrix High School), “The Lady Doctors: How the Blackwell Sisters Extended the Frontiers of the Medical Field”

Group Exhibit

National Finalist: Andrew Deem, Molly Kramer, Ethan Davis (Heritage Christian Academy), “The Existentially Exquisite Technological Innovations of Apple”

Individual Paper

National Finalist: Mclevy Strong-Morse (Homeschool), “Tasting the Beginnings of Freedom: Léon Lacombe’s Struggle to Further the French Revolutionary Frontiers of Feminism”—The Adler Award for Best Entry in Women’s History

Individual Performance

National Alternate: Ruby Peterson (South Haven High School), “Vietnam: The War That Changed Wars”

Group Website

National Alternate: Carter Barker, Josh Beck, Ezekiel Fenstermaker, Elliana Fenstermaker (Heritage Christian Academy), “Company K: Michigan’s Native Americans’ Influence on the Civil War”—Best Entry in Michigan History

Past History Days at WMU

See past History Day results: 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Photos from District 6 Competition 2017