More than 400 students in grades 4-12 converged on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus last Saturday (Feb. 23) to participate in the National History Day in Southeastern Colorado competition. Schools from Pueblo District 70, Pueblo City Schools, La Junta, Manzanola, Canon City, and Vilas Online were represented, with 83 students qualifying for the state competition at the CU-Denver Auraria campus on May 3. The top two winners in each category at the state competition qualify for the History Day national competition held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland.
This was the 13th consecutive year that CSU-Pueblo has sponsored and hosted the southeastern Colorado competition. The regional History Day competition again was partially supported by a Teaching American History grant that Pueblo District 70 and CSU-Pueblo received from the U.S. Department of Education.
This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History.”
CSU-Pueblo Provost Russ Meyer was the featured speaker at the awards ceremony, where ribbons, trophies, and cash prizes were awarded to the top entries in 16 categories. Top honors went to Brian Ketterman from D70’s Connect School, who won the Presidential Scholar Award for the Best Overall Individual Entry, a Junior Individual Documentary on "The Apollo-Soyuz Joint Space Mission." He qualified for a $1,000 scholarship if he chooses to attend CSU-Pueblo. Kaysie Walter from La Junta High School qualified for a $500 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship as the Best Individual High School Individual Entry for her Senior Individual Documentary, "Tears of the Dust Bowl." List of Winners [.xls]