CSU–Pueblo announces local Colorado State History Day winners

Ten students from The Connect School and one student from Pueblo County High School qualified for national competition by winning first- or second-place at the Colorado State History Day competition held last Saturday on the Auraria campus of the University of Colorado-Denver. Four additional Connect students won third-place and earned alternate status. Connect qualified more entries than any other middle school in the state. The national contest will be held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland.

These 11 students led a contingent of 83 middle- and high-school students who qualified for the state competition at the Pueblo Regional Contest held at Colorado State University-Pueblo in February. More than 400 students from Pueblo District 70, Pueblo City Schools, La Junta, Manzanola, and Canon City schools participated in the regional event, which CSU-Pueblo hosted for the 13th consecutive year.

Two entries won first-place. Anthony Settiponi and Matthew Kiselevach, Connect, won the Junior Group Documentary category with “Blood in the Sand,” and Lindsey Buxman, Connect, won the Junior Individual Performance category with “Typhoid Mary: Civil Rights vs. Public Health.”

Five area entries were runners-up: Jackson Valenzuela, Connect, for “Tear Down That Wall: A Cold War Symbol Falls”; Erin Aldag, Connect, for “Salem Witch Trials: How Social and Economic Conflict Fueled Mass Hysteria”; Marli Imes, Alexis O’Neil, Leigha Summers, and Desiree Martin, Connect, for “The Bhopal Disaster: Compromising Safety for Economic Gain”; Samantha Divelbiss, Connect, for “Galileo and the Vatican: The Ongoing Conflict”; and Pueblo County High School’s Aspen Williams for “The Uncompromising Hellion Grace O’Malley.” Williams earned a trip to nationals two years ago in the Junior Division while she was attending Connect.

A list of complete national qualifier from the area follows:
Category Rank Entry Title  Student 1 Student 2 Student 3 Student 4 School Teacher
Jr Ind Docu "Tear Down That Wall": A Cold War Symbol Falls  Jackson Valenzuela       Connect Lauren Gonzales
Jr Grp Docu 1 Blood in the Sand Anthony Settiponi       Connect Andrea Bacino
Jr Ind Exhibit 2 Salem Witch Trials: How Social and Economic Conflict Fueled Mass Hysteria Erin Aldag       Connect Amanda Trujillo
Jr Grp Exhibit 2 The Bhopal Disaster: Compromising Safety for Economic Gain Marli Imes Alexis O'Neil Leigha Summers Desiree Martin Connect Amanda Trujillo
Jr Grp Exhibit 3 Japanese Internment Camps Reagan Compton Alexis Trevizo Alec Pannunzio Jeremiah Bundy Connect Brian Repola
Jr Ind Perform 1 Typhoid Mary: Civil Rights vs. Public Health Lindsey Buxman       Connect Tamara Wiley
Jr Website 2 Galileo and the Vatican: The Ongoing Conflict Samantha Divelbiss       Connect Brian Repola
Sr Ind Perform 2 The Uncompromising Hellion Grace O'Malley Aspen Williams       Pueblo County HS Dana Ferguson

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