HANCOCK - Several Hancock and Chassell students won recognition at the state level during the recent National History Day competition.
Hancock Central High School student Aaron Posega will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in June to present his entry in the Individual Website category: "Digital Music Distribution: Changing the World, One Download at a Time."
Advancing to Nationals in the same category is Marah Erickson of Chassell Township School, with her project "Germ Theory: Revolution in Medicine."
Students from Hancock advanced to the National History Day competition after the state competition in April. From left are Hancock Central High School students Aaron Posega, Laura Berg, Ashlyn Kero and Olivia Leukuma. (Daily Mining Gazette)
The other groups recognized were in group performances. "A Blast from Harriet's Past! Abolishment of Slavery as a Reaction to Tubman's Work on the Underground Railroad," the project of Chassell students Juliana Hupp, Madeline Huhta and Rylee Maki was named as a national finalist. Named as an alternate was "Jackie Robinson: Breaking Color Barriers to Integrate Sports," by Hancock's Ashlyn Kero, Laura Berg and Olivia Leukuma.
The students got involved in the project through their classwork. While the Chassell students will not be able to attend Nationals, Posega is making the trip in June.
He picked his topic because of a personal connection to the subject.
"I'm really into music myself, so it just seemed like something I could relate to," he said. "And it's something that's still relevant now."
The website entries are built using the Weebly platform.
For group presentations, the group must come up with something that fits within 10 minutes. For theirs, Kero, Berg and Leukuma presented the story of Jackie Robinson in a talk show format.
"They just bring it to life in little ways, to get the point across," Kero said.
Hupp, Huhta and Maki delivered their message about Tubman in the guise of a historical comedy.
They spent a lot of time on the project, particularly weekends and after school.
"Mostly on the script and on the practicing," Huhta said.
Erickson began working on her site in October.
"I'm interested in medicine, biology, and a teacher gave me the idea, and it fit a lot of my interests," she said.
Nationals will be held June 10 through 15. After State, Posega had some time to tweak his site, including making some changes to the bibliography and adding some new sources.
"It's locked down now, but I had a couple of months just to refine things and clean it up," he said.
He's looking forward to the trip.
"I went last year, and it was a lot of fun," he said. "I don't know if I'll place or anything, but just getting there is amazing."