History Day Rosin

Isabelle Rosin competed in the state competition for the History Day Contest, earning an appearance in the finals with her performance piece on Iwo Jima.

Two students from West Hancock Elementary School and one from West Hancock Middle School participated in this year's History Day Contest.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”

Isabelle Rosin, WHMS eighth-grader, gave her speech on Iwo Jima at the district competition Feb. 22 at Waldorf. She qualified for the state competition, which was held in Des Moines April 29.

Kristi Gast, TAG teacher for fifth through eighth graders, said Rosin was one of six out of 21 performers to make it to the finals of the state competition but was not selected for the national competition being held in Washington, D.C. Only the top two students in the state level are invited to the national contest.

Rosin began working on her performance for the competition at the beginning of the year, according to Gast.

“Once she determined an area of focus, she began researching and developed her performance, which was judged in Forest City,” Gast said.

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Since the district competition, Gast said Rosin did additional research, revisions and practice for the state competition to further refine her performance.

One practice was when Rosin performed for the veterans at the Britt American Legion, when members were honored for 50 years of membership.

The two elementary students who participated in the district competition had to research someone who had triumphs and tragedies in their life.

The two chose Helen Keller and Alexander Hamilton, according to elementary school TAG teacher Elizabeth Gretillat.

In their performance, the students had to create a visual board with their information and pictures and submit an annotated bibliography and process paper that explained why they chose their person and how they created their project, Grettilat said.

Projects fall under one of five different categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Each category denotes the method the projects are relayed to the audience

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