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Decorah residents are among those at the National History Day competition in Maryland

Posted: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 12:09 PM

The national finals of the National History Day are getting underway at the University of Maryland, bringing together nearly 3,000 students for the competition--including four from Decorah.

Decorah Middle School student Ada Lovelace is competing with her performance, "Edith Eger: The Ballet Dancer Who Survived the Holocaust."  Another Decorah Middle School student, Sophia Gallentine, is showcasing documentary "Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator and Matriarch." St. Benedict School student Alex Kane will compete with her performance work, "Triumph after Tragedy: Frances Perkins and the New Deal."  Fellow St. Benedict School student Justin Berlage will compete with a paper titled, "Triumph and Tragedy: Penicillin's Discovery and Repercussions."

All four were among 67 national qualifiers from the state of Iowa selected from a field of about 600 students who competed in the state National History Day contest.  The National History Day program includes a Junior Division (grades 6-8), Senior Division (grades 9-12), and a non-competitive Youth Division (grades 4-5).