Laurie Carroll wants to go back to Washington, DC. Last year she went with Galileo; this year she hopes to take the Titanic with her.
Carroll is a student at College Place Middle who, along with her teaching partner Kira Perle-Ojala, participated in last year’s National History Day. Their research on Galileo earned them a trip to the national competition at the University of Maryland.
This year Carroll is partnered with Jessica Cienfuegos, who competed last year at the state finals with a project on Mexican migrant workers. Their project this year is titled “We Have Struck An Iceberg!”: The Failed Communications of the Titanic,” in keeping with this year’s history day theme “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”
Carroll and Cienfuegos will not be the only Edmonds School District students competing at the state contest to be held at Green River Community College in Auburn on Saturday, April 30. In fact, Edmonds schools will be well represented at state in the Junior Division, which includes grades 6-8.
All five of Matt Elms’ College Place Elementary student projects qualified to go to the state competition. Richard and Chris Reuther’s students at Meadowdale Middle qualified three exhibits; two exhibits from Lynnwood Intermediate, where Carol Strauss is the coach, also qualified.
Students placing first or second in their category move on to the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June. Carroll is looking for a second chance this Saturday.
Other College Place Elementary Projects:
Group Performance – Jason Shaw, Travis Berndahl, Sara Aranda, Lindsay Johns: “Conversations at the Wall: The Healing Power of Communication”
Group Documentary – Kristen Kendall and Rebecca Stern: “It’s Our Fight Too: Communicating the Role of Women in Winning WWII”
Group Exhibit – Kelli Blechschmidt and Estefania Cid: “Bringing Totem Poles into the Light: Communication Beyond Beavers and Bears”
Group Exhibit – Jesse Foster and Emily Talman: “Gardens Behind Barbed Wire: Communicating the Humanity and Heroism of Japanese Internment”
Group Exhibit – Kris Mendoza and William Campbell: “Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr.: Understanding the Historical Context Behind the Speeches of Freedom”
Meadowdale Middle Projects:
Group Documentary – Alyssa Woodard and Rebecca Ladoski: “Walt Disney: Communication in the 20th Century”
Individual Exhibit – Alexandra Brakstad: “Dan McKay ‘Professional’ County Splitter; Understanding How Effective Communication Changed the Map, Politics, and Economy of Montana”
Individual Exhibit – Sarah Sorensen: “Women’s Diaries from the Oregon Trail”
Lynnwood Intermediate Projects:
Individual Exhibit – Ryan Haney: “Code Talkers: America’s Secret Military Weapon”
Individual Exhibit – Natalya Vakulchik: “Jazz and Blues.”