For taking first place in the state National History Day contest, Elk River High School freshmen Josh Gearou and Sam Gearou will represent Minnesota at the national contest in Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland.
The twins participated April 29 at the University of Minnesota in the senior division exhibit on the 1899 New York Newsboys Strike. Their project was selected as the best among the most competitive state’s contest in the nation. Their exhibit will be displayed at the Smithsonian American History Museum during a special ceremony in their honor in June.
Josh and Sam completed this project with teacher Ron Hustvedt as part
of an Elk River Community Education course.
Elk River freshman Matt Merkling was awarded third place in the contest for his performance. Freshman Aaron Dwyer received honorable mention for his Web Site.
National History Day has 30,000 participants in Minnesota and nearly a quarter of a million across the country. In the contest, students conduct extensive historical research through primary and secondary sources and present their work to multiple judges.
For more information or to find details on how to make a donation to defray the cost of Josh and Sam’s trip, contact Hustvedt at 651-335-2385 or [email protected]