Hastings College awards scholarships at History Day

Lindsey Labrie, a senior at Hastings High School, received a $6,000 grand prize scholarship to Hastings College for presenting the top individual documentary at the College’s district History Day competition. Labrie’s project was titled “Youth for Understanding: An Exchange Program That Has Shaped The World.”

The $5,000 first runner up scholarship went to Hastings High’s Savannah Deboer and Courtney Junker, with the project titled “Exploring the Face of Depression with the FSA Photographers.” The $4,000 second runner up scholarship was awarded to Hastings High’s Jordan Ismaiel, with the project titled “Rachel Carson: How One Woman Changed the World”

Middle and high school students from across central Nebraska met at Hastings College March 8 for the district History Day contest. Following the 2016 theme of “Leadership and Legacy in History,” students presented research on a variety of topics, including the Hastings Regional Center, Special Olympics and the Civil Rights Movement.

Winners from each event advance to the state History Day competition, to be held April 16, while high school seniors were also eligible for competitive history scholarships to attend Hastings College.  

Top Award Recipients

Junior Division (grades 6-8)

  • Individual performance – Ellie Janda, Blue Hill
  • Group exhibit – Ellie Norlen and Taylor Lockling, Hastings Middle School
  • Group performance – Erika Nielsen and Sadye Bell, Hastings Middle School

Seniors Division (grades 9-12)

  • Individual website – Jordan Ismaiel, Hastings High School
  • Group documentary – Lucy Nielsen and Chyna Delker, Hastings High School
  • Individual documentary – Lindsey Labrie, Hastings High School
  • Individual performance – Zoe Emons, Hastings High School
  • Group exhibit – Savanah Deboer and Coutrney Junker, Hastings High School
  • Individual exhibit – Kaila Avent, Hastings High School
  • Individual historical paper – Skyler Ballou, Hastings High School
  • Group performance – Emily Block, Jazmin Serrano, Joey Murphy, and Armando Bautista – Hastings High School  

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Bang for the Buck” school by Washington Monthly. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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