Chaska Middle School East sent 15 projects to Minnesota’s National History Day competition on April 30. For History Day, students research a topic and develop their research into a presentation. Students then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels.

August Butterworth qualified for National History Day and Sydney Turner is an alternate for Nationals. Butterworth’s presentation was “The 1971 Burglary: Taking a Stand Against Illegal Government Spying” and won second in state. Turner’s presentation was “Maya Angelou: The Serene Stand of the People’s Poet” and also won second place.

Evan Violette won the Immigration History Topical Award for the presentation “Maria Altmann: A Symbolic Stand for the Victims of the Holocaust.” Ellen Adams won the Environmental History Topical Prize for “Frida Kahlo: A Feminist Icon.” These two presentations and six others earned honorable mentions from History Day judges.

This History Day presentation earned the Environmental History Topical Prize and an Honorable Mention for Individual Exhibit category

This History Day presentation earned the Environmental History Topical Prize and an Honorable Mention for Individual Exhibit category

This History Day presentation earned an Honorable Mention at Minnesota History Day.

This History Day presentation earned Honorable Mention in Group Exhibit category