National History Day winners earn Hastings College scholarships

Cori Barwick, a student at Hastings (Nebraska) Middle School, earned a $6,000 scholarship to Hastings College for her individual exhibit titled, “The Race to the South Pole.” She received her award February 27, when Hastings College hosted a regional event for National History Day for middle and high school students.

Picture of history day scholarship winners.
Hastings College scholarships for the 2019 History Day competition were awarded to (from left): Mireya Guiterrez, Cierra Cannady, Destiny Songer, Cori Barwick, Natalie Brandt and Andrew Brandt.

Other top students receiving scholarships include the first runner-up duo with their website named “The Jonestown Massacre: The Tragedy of How a Cult Leader Led 900 People in a Mass Suicide.” The duo consisted of Natalie Brandt and Andrew Brandt of Hastings Senior High. Each received a $5,000 scholarship.

Second runner-up group of Destiny Songer, Cierra Cannady and Mireya Guiterrez of Hastings Senior High all received a $4,000 scholarship for their group exhibit titled, “The Triangle Factory Fire: Triumph out of Tragedy.”

The top three recipients in each category are listed below.

Top Award Recipients

Junior Division (grades 6-8)

Individual Documentary

First place: Bree Witte of Hastings Middle School with “Hated Heroes”

Group Documentary

First place: Rebekah Evans and Mary Howie of Hastings Middle School with “Polio Vaccination: The Tragedy & Triumph of Polio”

Individual Exhibit

First place: Cori Barwick of Hastings Middle School with “The Race to the South Pole”

Second place: Blake Schiffbauer of Hastings Middle School with “The Triumph and Tragedy of Lafayette Escadrille”

Third place: Spencer Schiffbauer of Hastings Middle School with “Apollo 13: The Successful Failure”

Group Exhibit

First place: Ethan Shaw and Jacob Petr of Sandy Creek Middle School with “The Unbreakable Code”

Second place: Jake Dane, Zachery Corman and Connor Janda of Sandy Creek Middle School with “9/11”

Third place: Ella Martin, Lexi Shuck and Sophie Dane of Sandy Creek Middle School with “Women’s Suffrage”

Historical Paper

First place: Kaleb Whitmore of Sandy Creek Middle School with “Martin Luther King Jr: A Man of Powerful Words”

Senior Division (grades 9-12)

Group Documentary

First place: Anna Wibbles and Diana Brailita of Hastings Senior High with “Magic Bullet: Triumphant Development of Penicillin”

Second place: Chelsey Espinosa and Mary Ferone of Hastings Senior High with “Triumph of the Unbroken Man, Louis Zamperini”

Third place: Katilyn Zimmerman, Sydney Nelson and Alice Vu of Hastings Senior High with “The Tragedy of Hatred; The Triumph of Love: Loving v. Virginia”

Individual Exhibit

First place: Cooper Beahm of Hastings Senior High with “12 Days of Terror”

Second place: Calan Brant of Hastings Senior High with “The Great Chicago River Rerouting”

Third place: Courtney Beave of Hastings Senior High with “The Triumph of the Newsies”

Group Exhibit

First place: Destiny Songer, Cierra Cannady and Mireya Gutierrez of Hastings Senior High with “The Triangle Factory Fire: Triumph out of Tragedy”

Second place: Ashlee Long, Brittany Oschner and Aerely Chacon of Hastings Senior High with “From Triumph to Tragedy: Welcome Aboard the Titanic”

Third place: Brayden Mackey, Trevor Sullivan and David Smith of Hastings Senior High with “Domestic Terrorist or Hero? The Triumphs and Tragedies in the Life of John Brown”

Historical Paper

First place: Ben Anderson of Hastings Senior High with “The Morning Sun Shines Over the Prison Wall: The Cambodian-Vietnemase War and the End of the Cambodian Genocide”

Second place: Hayden Stephenson of Hastings Senior High with “The Triumph of Title IX”

Third place: Laif Hutline of Hastings Senior High with “Triumph & Tragedy on the Open Range- The Life & Death of Isom Prentice Olive”

Group Website

First place: Natalie Brandt and Andrew Brandt of Hastings Senior High with “The Jonestown Massacre: The Tragedy of How a Cult Leader Led 900 People in a Mass Suicide”

Second place: Amelie Carlson and Colin Scarlet of Hastings Senior High with “Standing Firm for Their Faith”

Third place: Jenna Heinz, Caitlin Rempe, Lexie League and Adrianna Clark of Sandy Creek High School with “Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream Speech””

Group Performance

First place: Kael Nissen, Hannah Evans, Anderson Rogers, Kobi Ennen and Katelyn Ceclre of Hastings Senior High with “The Rise and Fall of the Third Wave”

Second place: Rachely McKelvy and Gracie Cervantes of Hastings Senior High with “The Tragic Trials of Salem”

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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