Museum hosts Natchitoches Regional National History Day contest


The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum hosted the Natchitoches Regional National History Day Contest Saturday, March 26. Students from St. Mary’s Catholic School and NSU Middle Lab School in Natchitoches and the Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics in Alexandria submitted projects in the Documentary, Paper, Performance and Exhibit categories.

This article published in the March 31, 2022, print edition

Every year, National History Day® chooses an historical theme with broad applications to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2022 theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Success, Failures, Consequences.
Louisiana History Day is an annual competition that encourages students to explore local, state, national or world history by investigating and presenting on a topic of their choice. Students work either individually or in groups.
The top four entries in each category at the regional level are invited to the National History Day State contest in New Orleans April 9 at the National WWII Museum. The National WWII Museum is the official History Day affiliate for Louisiana. The top two in each category from the state contest then move on to the national competition on the campus of the University of Maryland near Washington, DC, June 12-16.
Winners from the Natchitoches regional NHD contest moving onto the State contest in New Orleans are:
Junior Group Documentary: Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics, Alexandria:
James Shepherd and Aiden Stokes “Debate and Diplomacy in the Cuban Missile Crisis”—1st place
Junior Group Exhibit: Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics: Nova Tate, Jacob Craft and Amie Tran “The Vietnam War”—1st place
Senior Group Exhibit: St. Mary’s Catholic School: Caroline Godfrey and Anna Peluso “The FBI’s Role in National Security”- 1st place; Olivia Gillis, Anna McClung and Clary Smiley “The Scopes Monkey Trial”-2nd place; Abigail Rodriguez, Anna Thibodaux and Alex Sukerek “Dorothea Dix”- 3rd place: Ben Bienvenu, Mixon Bankston and Adam Parker “Hamilton vs Jefferson: French Revolution”-4th place
Senior Individual Exhibit: St. Mary’s: Reaves Hogg “The Space Race: Necessary Political Expenditure or Squandered government Funding”-1st place
Junior Individual Performance: NSU Middle Lab School: Anna Weaver “Waterloo Tea Party: The Beginning of the Womens’ Revolution”-1st place
Junior Paper: Rapides Academy: Jessica Emmanuel “The Civil Rights Movement of 1950-60s: The Movement that Shaped and Changed the World for the Greater Good”- 1st place
Senior Paper: St. Mary’s: Hunter LaGrange “Kitchen Debate: Analysis and Impact”-1st place; Mason McCart “Iran Hostage Crisis”-2nd place; Mason Melder “History of Israel Diplomacy”-3rd place; Russ Hillhouse “July Crisis a Month of Diplomacy”-4th place
Judges were Tiffany Williams, educator and First Lady of Natchitoches; Dr. Greg Granger, Professor of History, NSU; Logan Schlatre, Grant Program Manager, Cane River National Heritage Area; Debbie Smith, Chief of Historic Landscapes Program, National Center for Preservation Technology & Training and Director, Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU; Ralph Wilson, educator and Community Volunteer; and Sklyar Down, NSU History degree graduate.