Marion County students fared well at regional competition in Manhattan Saturday by creating individual exhibits, websites or group presentations as part of Kansas History Day 2013.
Christian Becker, a sixth grade student at Marion Elementary School, took first place for his exhibit, “Commerce on the Santa Fe Trail and How it Defined a Nation.”
Sherri Sells, Extended Learning Program facilitator for Goessel, Marion and Peabody-Burns, served as advisor to the project.
“Christian (and others placing in the top three) will now move on to the state competition in Topeka this April,” Sells said.
“We had four students start out with projects for Kansas History Day,” she said. “It is a huge time commitment and Christian has been working on this since the beginning of the school year.”
One of the main themes included Manifest Destiny and how John O’Sullivan, a columnist and editor, used the term to promote the annexation of Texas.
Another aspect of the exhibit focused on William Becknell and how he organized an expedition for the purpose of trading.
The exhibit, Becker explained, was not about pioneers on the Santa Fe Trail, but rather how the pioneers followed along with traders.
Becker said his exhibit highlighted the people, places and ideas shaping the nation’s commerce on the Santa Fe Trail.
Sells said that once in Manhattan, Becker and other students involved in the individual exhibit format would be required to set up their own project with no help from parents or anyone else.
“The exhibitor would be left in the room with the judges and their display,” she said.
Other students placing in the junior division included:
• Samantha Moss, Hillsboro Middle School, second place, for her exhibit, “There’s No Place Like Home.”
• Katrina Basore, Centre Junior High School, third place, for her exhibit, “The Life and Legacy of an Ocean Liner.”
• Caleb Rempel, Sarah Diener, Jenna Hinerman and Abigail Driggers, Hillsboro High School, third place, for their group performance, “An Eye-Opening Exercise.”
For the group performance, Sells explained, the students dressed in character and wrote their own skit.
• Max Svoboda, Centre Junior High School, took second for his individual web site, “One Man’s Turning Point.”
In the senior division, the following students placed.
• Tena Loewen, Hillsboro High School, first place for her individual exhibit, “One Giant Leap.”
• Kalen Moss, Hillsboro High School, second place, for her individual exhibit, “From Wrong to Wright.”
• Allison Basore, Centre High School, first place, for individual web site, “Teaching with Technology.”