Westerville Students Advance to National History Day Statewide Competition


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A number of Westerville City Schools students participated in the District 6 History Day Competition on March 10 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.  Research and projects were created following the theme Conflict and Compromise.  Moving on to state competition from Genoa Middle School are:

  • Grant Hamilton, Graham Melko, Junior Group Documentary, “The Conflict and Compromise of the Cold War.”  Caitlin Begeny, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.
  • Lanie Eckhardt, Helen Wang, Junior Group Exhibit, “The Treaty of Versailles:  Lighting the Fuse for WWII.”  Leslie Thompson, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.
  • Erin Okonak, Cora Bang, Avery Sanislo, Junior Group Exhibit, “The Salem Witch Trials.”  Lisa Lunn, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.
  • Emily Manton, Avery Compson, Katie Bryant, Junior Group Exhibit, “Charles B. McVay:  A Sinking Soul.”  Leslie Thompson, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.
  • Olivia Eckhardt, Josephine Timperman, Junior Group Website, “Dinner with Conflict:  the Compromise of 1790.”  Lisa Lunn, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.
  • Ashley Varekojis, Junior Individual Exhibit, “The Holocaust in Lithuania.”  Lisa Lunn, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.
  • Kyra Lesmerises, Junior Individual Website, “A Movie, a Man and a Movement:  How ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Created a Battle in Ohio.”  Leslie Thompson, Deanna McDaniel, teachers.

Moving on to the state competition from Walnut Springs Middle School is Wyatt Polak for “The Battle of Fallen Timbers,” a Junior Division exhibit.  He is taught by Pat Schirtzinger.

Also advancing to the state contest is Haroon Jilan, a Westerville Central High School student, who submitted a project in the Senior Individual Documentary category, called “The Console Wars:  SEGA Strikes Back.”  He is taught by Deanna McDaniel, Amy Farris, and Drew Farell.

The State History Competition will be held at Ohio Wesleyan on April 21.