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).