Two Independence students recently won awards during the National History Day in Missouri Contest.

Two Independence students recently won awards during the National History Day in Missouri Contest.


Kailee Manley and Nichole Ginnings, students at Bingham Middle School, each received third place in the Junior Group Website category with “Four Murders on the Fourth.” Almost 600 students participated in the contest, which was April 21 at the University of Missouri. National History Day in Missouri is an educational outreach program sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. The program serves students in grades 6 to 12. 


Each year a different theme guides students’ research and presentations. This year’s theme, “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History,” encouraged students to examine historically significant revolutions and/or instances of reaction or reform, place them into historical context and analyze their impact in history.


Students presented research on their chosen topic through one of several formats, such as research papers, dramatic performances, multimedia documentaries, museum-type exhibits and website design. Students competed individually or in small groups in either the Junior Division or the Senior Division. First- and second-place finishers at the state contest qualified for the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland in June. Third-place finishers will serve as alternates to the national contest.