History Day contestants advance to state contest  

Group of students posing in front of backdrop
High school and middle school students pose at the Western District History Day at Chadron State College March 1, 2024. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)


CHADRON – All 19 high school and middle school students who competed at the Western District History Day at Chadron State College will advance to the Nebraska National History Day State Contest in Lincoln on April 20.

Judges included CSC faculty and staff members Dr. Kurt Kinbacher, Professor of History, Mark Hunt, Security Supervisor, Alva Roberts, IT Specialist, and Sydney Brown, Admissions Counselor. CSC Alum Rossella Tesch, Chadron Public Library Director, was also a judge.

Conferencing Coordinator Shellie Johns, who organized the event with veteran Dawes County educator Moni Hourt, said the judges did a fantastic job and provided great feedback to help prepare the students for state.

“They were so passionate about the program and truly enjoyed being judges,” Johns said.

Kinbacher represented the Mari Sandoz Society and presented a $50 Plains Award to two teams: Ada Norman and Amelia Betson, and Garrett Tollman and Tomi Reid, all of Crawford.

Johns said she and Hourt hope to invite parents to participate in more activities with the students during the event next year.


Senior Individual Exhibit

1, Josephine Werner, Chadron, Birth Control

2, Hunter Owens, Crawford, The Battle of Greasy Grass                                           

Senior Group Exhibit (Groups with junior and senior students must compete at the senior level)

1, Tomi Reid and Garrett Tollman, Crawford, Homesteading: Opening One Door: Closing

2, Treye Gibbons, Teague Edelman, and Miranda Betson, Crawford, The Devil Rope

Junior Group Exhibit

1, Amelia Betson and Ada Norman, Crawford, The Great Improver: Hereford Cattle

2, Skyler Edelman, Neleigh Gortsema, and Ben Norman, Crawford, The Rain Didn’t Follow the Plow                            

Junior Group Website

1, Samuel Kahl, Matthew Sorenson, Chadron, Turning Point in Air Travel

2, Jett Paopao, Meredith Werner, Chadron, Italian Mafia Development 

Junior Individual Website

1, Adam Curd, Chadron, WWI: The Uprising of Chemical Warfare

Senior Individual Website

1, Tatiana Abdelgabar, Chadron, Radium Girls

Junior Individual Paper

1, Miranda Smith, Harrison, The Amazing Pony Express

-Tena L. Cook

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