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ELC trio makes own history

By Staff | Apr 19, 2008

Three NHD participants from the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District who are advancing to state competition are from left, Paula Erickson, Rebecca Lair and Season Burton. EDN photo by Mary Ann Menendez

It’s a way to broaden educational horizons.

It’s a way to explore famous people, places and things.

What it is, is National History Day and three Estherville Lincoln Central students have been tapped to advance to state competition in Des Moines before the end of the current school year.

History Day Advisor Jean Hoffman said Rebecca Lair (sixth grade), Season Burton (seventh grade) and Paula Erickson (ninth grade) made it through district competition with flying colors.

Calling it a fabulous experience, Hoffman said the girls completed an in-depth study on a topic of interest. They have a choice of mediums to make individual presentations.

Themes vary from year to year and this year’s choice is Conflict and Compromises in History.

Lair completed a documentary using i-movie to feature the dental hygiene program at the University of Iowa. She spent time in the university’s archives library to obtain vital information.

The other two students created project boards.

Burton focused on Henry Clay, the “Great Compromiser” while Erickson selected “Unequal Education: through the eyes of the Chicano students.”

Burton said she utilized Library of Congress on-line for most of her information.

Erickson has been in contact with key players of the “Walkout” which occurred in 1968, school employees, on-line information and a book.

The freshman has been a National History Day participant annually for the past four years.

The advisor acknowledged all three have done a tremendous amount of research while developing skills in interviewing, skills in analyzing, drawing conclusions and writing.

National History Day Open House was held at the ELC Middle School Thursday.