Lexington Students Find Success at National History Day District Contest

March 22, 2016

Thirty-eight sophomores wrote research papers on the theme “ Explore – Encounter – Exchange,” while two performance groups presented original plays at the NHD district contest on Wednesday, March 9, at the UNK campus. 

Each student who wrote a historical research paper met with a University of Nebraska-Kearney history professor to answer questions about the research process and to hear comments and suggestions about his or her paper.

Earning a Superior rating on their papers were Delsi Aldana, Kathryn Wightman, Hillary Carrillo, Briseyda Garcia and Kobe Lo.  Yesenia Salas’ paper entitled “Robert Henri’s Art: Encounters with Realism” earned an Honorable Mention.  Antonio Stewart won third place with “Early Attempts at Integrating Major League Baseball: Exploring America’s Pastime” and Danielle Rivera won second place with “Harvey Milk: Come Out, Speak Out.”  First place honors went to Julia Briones for her paper “El Mozote: Political Exploration and Exchange, Deadly Encounter.”  Antonio, Danielle and Julia will have the opportunity to improve their papers before the state competition on April 16 in Lincoln at the Nebraska Wesleyan campus. 

In the group performance category, John Mark Shields and Gabbi Mills placed 4th with their performance “When Stars Collide:  Creative Encounters of Aaron Copland and Martha Graham.”  Winning first place and a trip to Lincoln were Rachel Biehl, Alba Muniz, Bianca Hernandez and Trevor McKeone with “Deadly Encounters:  Poe and the Short Story.” 


Stewart, Briones and Rivera won the top three places in Senior Historical Papers.

Winning the Group Performance category were Muniz, Biehl, McKeone and Hernandez.