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Shelby students’ work honored on History Day

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By Sharon Warner

Numerous students from Shelby County were among those honored for their talents and research in history during the Kentucky Junior Historical Society’s 2012 conference and Kentucky History Day in Frankfort.

Students in sixth through 12th grades analyze the historical significance of their personally chosen topics and present conclusions in dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, Web sites and research papers.

State winners have the opportunity to compete at the national level at the University of Maryland in June.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History.”

More than 600 students, representing 20 counties, participated, and these students from Shelby County were honored:

Kentucky History Day Awards– Ethan Russell, Shelby County High School, second place, senior individual performance, “The Assassination of William McKinley: Death of a Revolution.”

Kentucky History Day Special Prizes– Jeron Russell, Shelby East Middle School, Outstanding Sports History Project (sponsored by the Kentucky Sports Authority), “Entertainment Sheep: How Curt Flood Changed Baseball Through Revolution, Reaction, and Reform;” Nancy Clark, Shelby East Middle School, Outstanding Civil War History Project (sponsored by the Madison County Civil War Roundtable), “John Brown: Hero or Villain”

Kentucky Junior Historical Society Conference Winners – Jeron Russell, Shelby East Middle School, first place, junior division impromptu composition; Luke Brown, Shelby East Middle School, second place, junior division impromptu composition; Mattie Roach, Shelby East Middle School, third place, junior division impromptu composition; Logan Johnson, Shelby County High School, first place, senior division impromptu composition; Ethan Russell, Shelby County High School, second place, senior division impromptu composition; Adrienne Holtzworth, Shelby County High School, third place, senior division impromptu composition; Emma Saarinen, Shelby East Middle School, third place, junior division history test; Logan Johnson, Shelby County High School, first place, senior division history test; Zach Brown, Shelby County High School, second place, senior division history test.