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Two Local Students Headed To National History Competition

A pair of Copper Country students are advancing to the National History Day competition.

Houghton High School’s Mary “Kate” Desrochers submitted her project, Julia Child: Establishing High Culinary Standards from the Television Kitchen.

She was named a Senior Division Individual Documentary National Finalist.

Lake Linden-Hubbell High School’s Patrick Myers submitted Selma: The March For Voting Equality, and was named a Senior Division Individual Performance National Finalist.

They were among 176 students to receive top honors at the Michigan History Day’s State Finals competition in Bay City, MI on Saturday.

Over 500 students took part in the educational program hosted by the Historical Society of Michigan.

Desrochers and Myers now move on to the national competition this June in Maryland.


A total of 176 students received top honors at the State Finals competition of Michigan History Day® on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Bay City Central High School in Bay City, Mich.

More than 530 Michigan elementary, middle and high school students—a record-setting number—took part in this year’s Michigan History Day, which is an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan. The finalists in the junior and senior divisions will now move on to the National History Day competition this June in College Park, Md.

The state champions for Michigan History Day 2017 include students from Ada, Bay City, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Brimley, Cassopolis, Fraser, Grand Rapids, Holland, Houghton, Howell, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lake Linden, Marshall, Montague, Owosso, Redford, Richland, Sault Ste. Marie, South Haven, St. Joseph, Traverse City, Troy, Village of Clarkston, Whitehall and Ypsilanti.

Click here to download a PDF with the names of the winners, what school they are from and the awards they won.

“We were very impressed with this year’s projects,” said Amy Bradfield, Michigan History Day state coordinator. “The students took this year’s theme—Taking a Stand in History—to heart and created some very innovative and impassioned entries in all five of our categories—performances, exhibits, papers, websites and documentaries.”

Michigan History Day (National History Day in Michigan) offers a fascinating opportunity to move beyond routine learning. Based on the annual theme, students choose to explore and research a local, national or international historical topic. They then present their work through the disciplines of writing, art, literature, music, drama and/or visual communications.


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