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Seventh-graders Bryanne Calkins and Erica Edmond each earned first-place honors in the state after qualifying through a local competition in the National History Day Competition.
Calkins' project documented the Tobeluk v. Lind court case, which focused on the fight for justice in Alaska education. "The case was about how Native students tried and successfully got high schools into their villages," Calkins said.
Calkins said research was the key to the project. She not only used books and the Internet, but interviewed people directly related to the case.
Last year Calkins took first place in the documentary division for her film "Missionaries in Alaska." She used filmed interviews and film archives, as well as still and modern photos to compile the work.
Edmond's exhibit centered on women's reaction to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
Local judge Doris Ward said the work was graded on a number of criteria. The best projects made sense of the topic, were presented well both visually and in scholarly terms, and followed a central theme of "Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History."
"The top projects met and exceeded the criteria," Ward said.
The national competition is set to run June 9 through 13 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Finalists will compete for cash and scholarships.
Fund-raisers to help generate money to send the local winners to nationals are being planned.