Nineteen qualify for state history contest

More than 150 Salk Middle School students made history come alive March 1 and 2 with their history projects at the Salk Middle School History Day Judging and Celebration.

The students participated by choosing a topic related to the annual theme, conducted extensive research and created a Web site, paper, exhibit, documentary or performance.

“They learned a lot about history and the process of research,” said social studies teacher Ron Hustvedt.

The project is part of seventh- and eighth-grade social studies work. Students have the option of participating in the contest.

Gabbi Jung and MJ Jung of Zimmerman and Jessica Dexheimer of Elk River give a thumbs-up after their state-qualifying performance.

Students came away smiling due to how well-received their work was, Hustvedt said. “We had parents, school board members, district administrators, teachers and seniors as judges again this year and they do such a great job.”

Of the 156 students who participated, 38 students participated in the Central Regional event March 19, and 19 will be going to the State History Day competition May 1 at the University of Minnesota. More than 30,000 Minnesota students participate and the top 1,000 advance to state. “It’s really quite an accomplishment to reach that level of competition,” Hustvedt said. The National History Day competition will be June 12–16 in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the state and national competitions go to and

Advancing to state are: Colin Gilmore, Keegan Bunker, Robert Finseth, Kelton Holsen, Chelsea Turner, Jacob Griffiths
Josh Gearou, Sam Gearou, Shaina Humphrey, Ryan Herrboldt, Mitch Olson, Gabbi Jung, Madeline Jung, Jessica Dexheimer, Avery Heinen, Kayleigh Larson, Destiny Saxowsky, Aaron Dwyer and Emma Hirsch. Honorable mention went to Matt Merkling and Matt Tofteland.

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