BCMS Girls Place 2nd at State History Day Contest

BCMS Girls Place 2nd at State History Day Contest
Friday Jun 27, 14
Advance to Nationals and Place 10th

Sydney Mischke and Jordan McGinty, Buffalo Community Middle School 7th grade girls, are both part of the Quest program for highly gifted students. As a part of their Quest Social Studies class, they completed a history project that was a part of a National History Day competition.

Each year more than half a million students (across the country) participate in the contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. They look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After they have analyzed and interpreted their sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of their topic, they can present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.

Mischke and McGinty chose to do a group documentary about "The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Tragedy in the Factory". They won the local competition, advancing them to regionals at St. Cloud State University where they placed first out of 1,000. The competed at the state compeition at the University of Minnesota campus and took 2nd in their category, which advanced them (top two teams) to nationals in Washington, D.C. They competed against 2,900 other students and ended up placing 10th in their category.

Here is their winning documentary: