Finalists to Participate in National Event in June

COLUMBUS – Fourteen students from District 1, consisting of Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood counties, earned honors at the National History Day in Ohio program April 28 at the Ohio State University. The 2012 History Day theme was Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. Over 500 students participated in this state-level competition. Middle and high school students receiving honors at the state event included the following:

Junior Group Documentary Honorable Mention: Nicholas Burns and Jack Warfield from Delta Middle School for “Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

Junior Individual Documentary Honorable Mention: Daniel Leizerman from Delta Middle School for “Kindertransport: Great Britain’s Reaction to Hitler’s Final Solution

Junior Individual Documentary National Alternate: Cal Gilson from Delta Middle School for “13 Seconds, 4 Dead: The Reaction to Student Protests on Kent State University”

Senior Group Documentary Honorable Mention: Joe Heidenscher, Devin Dagerhart, Justin Sutherland, Sam Shaeen from Toledo Early College High School for “The Cuban Revolution: Cold War in the Americas”

Senior Group Documentary Honorable Mention: Nagib Burkett, Salahadin Mustapha, Mohammed Abdallah, Rayan Magsi from Toledo Islamic Academy for “Al-Andulus: Cultural Revolution”

Senior Individual Documentary Honorable Mention: Hala Abou-Danech from Toledo Early College High School for “Chanel: A Revolution In Women’s Fashion”

Senior Individual Documentary National Alternate: Arielle White from Toledo Early College High School for “The Clash: The Punks That Revolutionized Music”

Arielle White, from Toledo Early College High School was awarded the special prize sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for an excellent entry in music history.

National finalists from the state competition are eligible to compete at National History Day, June 10-14, University of Maryland. State alternates will attend the national event if either of the finalists is unable to go. This year, Ohio is represented by 64 students participating in 36 projects, two in each of the 18 junior and senior categories.

“History Day involves so many people working together – students, teachers, parents, community members who serve as judges,” said Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio Historical Society. “The year’s entries were exceptional and everyone who participated should be proud of the work they have done.”

National History Day in Ohio is co-sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society and funded in part by contributions from Cargill, The Toledo Community Foundation, Porter Wright, The Junior League of Columbus and The Motorists Insurance Group Foundation. 

About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center
Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 50+ sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Archives/Library is on the third floor of the Ohio History Center and is open: Wed.-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations, and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312, For more information about programs and events, call 614.297.2300/800.686.6124 or: