Michigan History Day, which is affiliated with National History Day, is a program of the Historical Society of Michigan and has four competition levels: (1) School Competition – this competition recently took place at St. Francis School (2) District Competition – Michigan is divided into 11 districts. The finalists at the school competition move on to the District 11 competition (3) State Competition – The top three entries in each category at the district competition get to move on to the state competition; this year the state competition is being held at Bay City Central High School on April 29, 2017 (4) National Competition – The top two entries in each category at the state level will have the opportunity to compete at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland-College Park near Washington, D.C.
St. Francis de Sales School will be sending six students to the state competition in Bay City this year. 1st place in the exhibit category was Madison Zellar with her project on the Children’s Crusade. 2nd place was Carson Sprader with his project on Jackie Robinson, and 3rd place was Olivia Brazda presenting Princess Dianna. The honorable mentions were Delaney Zellar explaining the Silver Springs Monkey Case, Kaylee Hoholik with her project on Maximillian Kolbe, Paige Rochefort depicting Susan B. Anthony, and Madison Rochefort and her project on Juliette Gordon Lowe. In the paper category the top three students were 1st place Lucas Gould with his paper on Woodrow Wilson, 2nd place Daniel Michalik and his project on the Ku Klux Klan, and 3rd place Brynn Santi depicting the Black Panthers. The honorable mention in the paper category was Christian Lawrence and his paper on Ronald Reagan.