Lizzy Herrick, eighth-grade student from Estherville Lincoln Central, has advanced to the national contest for National History Day with her documentary entitled "Sesame Street: T is for Turning Points".
The contest is held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. from June 9-14. Lizzy will present her project on Monday, June 10 to the judges.
The theme for contest this year was Turning Points in History: People, Places, Events. In preparation for developing her documentary, Lizzy contacted people such as Newton Minnow, the 1961 chairman of the FCC, who demanded a change in television, and President Obama. The students are encouraged to become investigative reporters as they search out primary source documents and people to interview. It is their job to show what leads up to the turning point, investigate the turning point and show all the effects that occur as a result and present this in a sequential 10-minute documentary.
Other students receiving honors at the state competitions were Becca Lair, third place and alternate to nationals with her documentary on Edward R. Murrow and broadcast journalism. Season Burton was a finalist in the individual exhibit category with an exhibit on the Kodak camera. Bailey Adolph received a special Military award for her website on the military draft.
The National History Day group funds its contests through their own fundraising. If anyone or any groups are wishing to donate to the NHD National Contest expenses, your support would be greatly appreciated. Donation checks may be written out to ELC- National History Day and sent to Jean Hoffman-NHD coach, Estherville Lincoln Middle School, 1401 S. First St., Estherville, IA 51334.