NSU announces results from 2022 National History Day Regional Competition

A teen girl explaining her National History Day project to two judges while another teen girl looks

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University announces the following winners from the National History Day regional competition:


Junior Individual Exhibit


  • 1st: Wilmot; “Diversity. Unity. Equality.”; Jada Cameron
  • 2nd: Florence; “Malala Yousafzai”; Emma Caulfield


Junior Group Documentary


  • 2nd: Britton-Hecla; “Louisiana Purchase”; Airiana Buer, Daynika Zuehlke, Harmony Wade, Briana Buer


Junior Individual Paper


  • 1st: Waverly; “Women Vote Yes!”; Destiny Stohfus
  • 2nd: Waverly; “Native American Day Versus Columbus Day”; Elizabeth Meyer


Junior Individual Website


  • 1st: George Mickelson; “The Darlan Deal and Its Effect…”; Alex Kidangathazhe
  • 2nd: Florence; “19th Amendment: Votes for Women”; Roean Raymer


Junior Group Website


  • 1st: George Mickelson; “The Treaty of Versailles: Doom of the World”; Joseph Michna, Samuel Caugherty, Shaurya Sehgal, William Jin


Junior Group Exhibit


  • 1st: Britton-Hecla; “The Cuban Missile Crisis”; Carter Chapin, Madelynn Micko, Mataya Knecht
  • 1st: Florence; “The Angel of Death”; Ayden Kerfien, Dawson Hlavacek, Jonathan Leonardi
  • 2nd: Waverly; “ Small Bodies, Little Fingers”; Emma Ploof, Jolene Krantz, Dashaya Koch
  • 2nd: Waverly; “ Equality of Amendments”; Cael Heuer, Jaina Johnson, Malaya Nowick


Senior Individual Documentary


  • 1st: Summit; “The Dakota Wars of the 1800s”; Madelyn Hinkelman


Senior Individual Exhibit


  • 1st: Wilmot; “Women’s Rights Movement”; Alyssa Feather
  • 2nd: Sioux Valley; “Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate but not Equal”; Morgan Hemmestad
  • 2nd: Sioux Valley; “A Horsefly Can’t Do Much Damage…”; Hunter Rose
  • 2nd: Sioux Valley; “Agent Orange: More Harm Than Good”; Skylar Schwab


Senior Individual Paper


  • 1st: Summit; “Gladys Pyle”; Allison Bauer


Senior Group Performance


  • 1st: Waverly; “Separated But Not Alone”; Capri Schroeder, Emily Heuer, Logan Comes, Sidney Stricherz, Sophie Dalton
  • 2nd: Summit; “Yalta Conference”; Cierra Fonder, Jorja Whempner, Katie Karst, Katie Minder


Senior Group Exhibit


  • 1st: Waverly; “The Prohibition Era”; Gavyn Jorgensen, Jedi Buting, Kolby Ries, Owen Gilmour, Troy Kneeland
  • 2nd: Sioux Valley; “Rosie the Riveter”; Kiana King, Moana Korkut


Senior Group Website


  • 1st: Waverly; “Public Opinion in Vietnam”; Alex Pekelder, Andrew Goff
  • 2nd: Waverly; “The Berlin Airlift”; Anna Schaefers, Kylie Comes


Outstanding Junior Project


  • Florence; “The Angel of Death”; Ayden Kerfien, Dawson Hlavacek, Jonathan Leonardi


Outstanding Senior Project


  • Waverly; “The Prohibition Era”; Gavyn Jorgensen, Jedi Buting, Kolby Ries, Owen Gilmour, Troy Kneeland


Outstanding Local History Project


  • Summit; “Gladys Pyle”; Allison Bauer


The March 9 competition at NSU had 208 middle and high school students with 117 group and individual projects from nine schools, along with their teachers. Participating schools were:


  • Britton-Hecla Middle School
  • Florence School
  • George Mickelson Middle School
  • Hoven High School
  • Sioux Valley High School
  • Summit High School
  • Waverley-South Shore High School
  • Wilmot School
  • Ellendale High School


Sponsoring the event were the NSU History Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center of Public History and Civic Engagement.


About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.