All eight Bullitt County Public School elementary students participating in Kentucky’s National History Day competition in Lexington earned honors.
Kyndra Nalley and Reagan Manco of Lebanon Junction took First Place in State in Elementary Group Performance - Patriot Versus Loyalist: A conflict for personal freedom.
Kyndra and Reagan portrayed the mother of Christopher Sieder (11 year-old boy who was the first death in the American Revolution) and the wife of Theophuis Lille, (a shop owner who was loyal to King George. Christopher was shot outside their store).
Alyssa Schuler and Hunter Etherton (also of Lebanon Junction) earned Second Place in Group Website: Doris Miller: Virtue that reduced racism and segregation in the military.
Seth Bishop of Crossroads and Elizabeth Swift of Old Mill captured the Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance Award in Elementary Group Exhibit for The Bombing that Saved Europe.
Jackson Binkley of Old Mill took the Sons of American Revolution Award as George Washington: Democracy over Monarchy. This award came with a cash prize.
Akeala Galloway of Crossroads earned the Louisville Slugger Sports Award for her Elementary Individual Exhibit: Title IX: The Conflict that will not Compromise. She was awarded a personalized bat.
District Gifted and Talented teacher Laureen Laumeyer said this is the most students BCPS has ever had qualify for the State National History Day.
“Bullitt County is rocking this competition!” she said.
Laumeyer explained that National History Day is an annual event held in all 50 states. Middle and High school students can advance to the National Competition in College Park, Maryland; however, the state level is the highest level for elementary students.
“This year’s theme was Conflict and Compromise,” she said. “The students write a thesis statement and do in-depth research using primary sources to defend their thesis. They can present their learning through a website, exhibit, performance, or documentary.”
“It is always so refreshing to see the excitement and passion these students have for their topic,” Laumeyer added. “It makes my heart happy to see that they value learning and understanding their history. It was a fun day with a great group of students.”