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By: Stephen Kent

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As the coordinating organization, the Bay County Historical Society and Historical Museum of Bay County were host to the District 5 Michigan History Day held at Central High School on March 11 for the 11th year in a row.

The event, held on National History Day in Michigan, is an educational competition aimed at encouraging students to explore the history and historical subjects. Participating students get to learn through hands-on research and the development of a presentation.

Working on these projects expose students to the methods used by professional historians and researchers. They must use "primary" and "secondary" resources and understand the meaning and importance of these concepts. They apply historical and social studies as well as English and language arts.

Each year the national office in College Park, Maryland chooses a theme for the annual competition. This year the theme was "Taking a Stand in History". Students were required to relate their particular subject to this theme and explain the significance to the individual or event that they selected.

Competition is open to all 4-12 grade students. Teachers work with students to select a category from Exhibits, Documentaries, Performances or Websites. The students may compete individually or as groups. Students may also elect to submit research papers on an individual basis.

Starting in October each year staff from the Historical Museum of Bay County provide support to students and teachers through free classroom visits. They teach research methods and give examples of how projects can be done.

Over 350 projects were created this year. Of that number 160 students, representing 97 projects, made it to the district competition at Central High on March 11. 66 students representing 38 projects will advance to the State competition held in April (also at Bay City Central High this year). At State, the top two projects from each category will qualify for the National competition to be held in College Park Maryland this coming June.

For more information visit
  • Bay County Historical Society and Museum -
  • Michigan History Day (State Level) -
  • National History Day website -

    Michigan History Day District 5 Competition
    350+ students create projects for individual school level
    160 students representing 97 projects advance to District level
    66 students representing 38 projects advanced to State level
    Special Award
    For best use of primary resources for an individual and a group project

    Sponsored by/Presented by the Bay County Historical Society
    Individual Isabella Gripentrog for her paper A Dissenting Voice: Ralph Carr?s Stand Against Japanese-American Interment
    Group: Kendra Kelly, Julia Schmidt, Marielena Silva, Gabrielle Rembish, Sabrina Villarreal for their performance John Brown
    Junior Papers: The Daughters of Liberty?s Fight for Freedom from the British
    Natalie Reid - CMMS

    1920s Flappers ? How They Revolutionized the Public?s Regard for Women
    Renee McCallum - WMS

    Jane Addams: An Advocate for a Poverty Free World
    Amber Hutchins - HMS
    Senior Papers The Voice Heard From the Mountains: Fannie Lou Hamer
    Alana Pelica - CHS

    The True Rosa Parks: The Story of Claudette Colvin
    Kyla Richardson - SASA

    A Dissenting Voice: Ralph Carr?s Stand Against Japanese-American Interment
    Isabella Gripentrog - CHS
    Junior Exhibits
    The Boston Tea Party
    Jacob Rybak -HMS

    Winston Churchill: Taking a Stand With His Life
    Peyton Laughner - CBA

    Major Benjamin Tallmadge
    Jonah Wenglikowski - CBA
    Junior Exhibits
    Audrey Hepburn: Taking a Stand for Children?s Rights
    Katelyn Weston, Kiah Kowalski, Megan Przygocki - CMMS

    Josephine Baker: Bringing Cultural Awareness to the Center Stage
    Beth Light, Nicole Yacks - HMS

    Rosa Parks? Fight for Civil Rights
    Jenna Ciesla, Eloise Keenan, Stephanie Ramos - HMS
    Senior Exhibits
    Cesar Chavez
    Reese Light - CHS

    Sometimes Sitting Down Means Standing Up: The Sit-Down Strikes of Flint
    Delaney Wesolek - BJG

    Megan Westphal - CBA
    Senior Exhibits
    The Pullman Strike
    Kelsey Beyett, Zoya Mead - CHS

    Sitting Down to Take a Stand
    Ryley Taub, Ivy Kowalski - CHS

    Muhammad Ali: Taking a Stand Against the Odds
    Benjamin Prevost, Emma Miller, Anthony, Bernard - CHS
    Junior Websites
    Jesse Owens and his Simple Stand Against Aryan Supremacy
    William Ozdych - CMMS

    Harry Hay and His Fight for LGBT Rights
    Braydon Good - CMMS

    Jackie Robinson Brakes Baseball?s Color Barrier
    Matt Bair - CMMS
    Senior Website
    Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance
    Lilly Wu - CHS
    Senior Website
    Miss Nina Simone: The Fight for Civil Rights
    Nadia Khan, Eliana Stock, Emily Kato - CHS

    Birney?s Stand Against Slavery
    Rhiannon Stevens, Josie Butterfield, Angelique Wooley - CHS

    Helen Hunt Jackson: Standing Up by Writing it Down
    Rylee Galloner, Allyson Hill, Megan Groulx - CHS
    Junior Documentaries
    Hellen Keller and Education Rights for the Blind
    Brionna Luck - CMMS

    How the Republican Party Championed Equality and Civil Rights
    Amelia Gee - CBA

    John Lennon and His Bed-Ins for Peace
    Hannah Stothard - CMMS
    Junior Documentaries
    Lynette Woodard
    Omaria Ray, Ariana Bryant-Holmes - SASA

    WKAR News Report
    Kylie Tacey, Kaylin Cummins - HMS

    Gandhi and the Salt March
    Tyler Luczak, Peter G. Remington - CMMS
    Senior Documentaries
    The Easter Uprising of 1916: The Fight of the Irish People
    Blake Metiva - SASA

    Jackie Robinson: To Stand in the Box
    Blake Waibel - BJG

    James Birney and the Early Stand for Anti-Slavery
    Lucas Pobanz - BJG
    Senior Documentaries
    The Battle of Thermopylae
    Austin Dinauer, Nathan Jacobs, Austin Mackenzie, Casey Monville - BJG

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brendan Bishop, Ben Kowalcyk - SASA
    Junior Performance
    Irena Sendler: The Smuggle is Real
    Chloe Dawn Coston, Brendan Warren, Kiersten Warren - CBA
    Senior Performance
    John Brown
    Kendra Kelly, Julia Schmidt, Marielena Silva, Gabrielle Rembish, Sabrina Villarreal - CHS

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