Maharishi School Students Advancing to State History Fair

The Annual History Fair for the Great Prairie Area Education Agency was held March 16 at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, with schools from 15 surrounding cities attending. Eleven Maharishi School students were selected to advance to the state competition.

This year's theme was "Innovation in History: Impact and Change." Innovation suggests creative new approaches to any facet of life, within a historical context. This was a challenging topic, and students had to keep the entire theme in mind as they researched and created their presentations. Students presented their topics as a website, documentary, poster exhibit, performance, or historical paper. Only two projects in each category were chosen to advance to the state History Fair.

The students' history teacher was Catherine Wadsworth. "All of the students did an amazing job; they developed their research and computer skills," said Ms. Wadsworth. "The students challenged their arguments and developed critical thinking. Every one of them created fantastic projects."

The Maharishi School winners are: Navin Singh, How the Camera Changed our Lives, an individual exhibit; David Fleshman and Mickey DeAngelis, Braille: Illuminating Darkness, Advancing Society, a group exhibit; Camille Goodale and Hifza Akber, Sign Language: The Unspoken, a group documentary; Leanna Miller and Heilani Muehlman, The Grapevine of Ballet and Isadora Duncan Dance, a group documentary; Dia Huggins, Biofuel: Why Now? Why Not Before?, a historical paper; Bimba Shrestha, Music Television Changed Music, a website; Alexander Hauptman and Solaris Nite, Antibiotics, a website.

Thanks to Catherine Wadsworth, Kathy Shaw, Karen Price and numerous parent volunteers who put in a tremendous effort to make the event successful for all.

The History Day competition is sponsored by the National History Day Foundation in collaboration with the State Historical Society of Iowa.


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