Kutz­town youth win first in His­tory Day projects

Top­ics in­cluded Coal Strike of 1902, The Able Archer 83 NATO Ex­er­cises and Rea­gan’s Cold War Poli­cies

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - FRONT PAGE - By Ara­bel El­liott Kutz­town

This year was an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Kutz­town Univer­sity and the Kutz­town School District’s Na­tional His­tory Day team.

Kutz­town Univer­sity hosted for the first time ever the Na­tional His­tory Day Re­gion 9 com­pe­ti­tion in March. Re­gion 9 com­peti­tors came from Berks, Lan­caster, Le­banon and York coun­ties.

Na­tional His­tory Day is a year long pro­gram where stu­dents at the mid­dle school

and high school level do in depth re­search and cre­ate projects on his­tor­i­cal top­ics re­lated to a par­tic­u­lar theme. This year’s theme was con­flict and com­pro­mise. The cat­e­gories that stu­dents can cre­ate projects in­clude web­sites, doc­u­men­taries, per­for­mances, ex­hibits and pa­pers.

This year the Kutz­town Area School District had an im­pres­sive per­for­mance with stu­dents com­pet­ing in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories in­clud­ing web­sites, pa­pers, and ex­hibits on a wide range of top­ics. Top­ics in­cluded the Penn­syl­va­nia An­thracite Coal Strike of 1902, The Able Archer 83 NATO Ex­er­cises and Rea­gan’s Cold War Poli­cies, Fed­eral Project One and the Works Project Ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der FDR, Patsy Mink and Ti­tle IX, and Branch Rickey, the man who de­seg­re­gated Ma­jor League Base­ball.

Kutz­town Area School District se­nior Sa­muel Arnold en­tered the Se­nior Pa­per Cat­e­gory and be­came the first stu­dent to rep­re­sent the Kutz­town Area School district in all five of the NHD com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gories.

Do­minick Pizze­lanti (7th Grade), Is­abella Pizze­lanti (10th Grade), Matthew Hill (9th Grade), Si­las Bealer (9th Grade) Ju­lian Tich (9th Grade), Grayce Berk (10th grade), Lo­gan Boyer (10th Grade), Kaylen Leiby (10th Grade), and Abi­gail Her­rlin (10th grade), all from the Kutz­town Area School District, won first place in their cat­e­gories and will be ad­vanc­ing on to the state level com­pe­ti­tion.

Kutz­town Univer­sity His­tory Ma­jors, Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­jors, and His­tory Depart­ment fac­ulty all worked in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions as vol­un­teers and judges to make the event a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Penn­syl­va­nia Na­tional His­tory Day State Co­or­di­na­tor and Re­gion 9 Co­or­di­na­tor Jeff Hawks from the Army Her­itage Cen­ter in Carlisle, PA was in charge of the event and Dr. An­drew Arnold, chair of the Kutz­town Univer­sity His­tory Depart­ment was also in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing and

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Pic­tured at Na­tional His­tory Day com­pe­ti­tion at Kutz­town Univer­sity are Kutz­town High School sopho­mores Lo­gan Boyer, Abi­gail Her­rlin, Kaylen Leiby and Grayce Berk.

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Kutz­town fresh­men Matthew Hill and Ju­lian Tich (not pic­tured Si­las Bealer) won 1st place at Na­tional His­tory Day.

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Kutz­town se­nior Sa­muel Arnold en­tered the Se­nior Pa­per Cat­e­gory and be­came the first stu­dent to rep­re­sent the Kutz­town Area School district in all five of the NHD com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gories.

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Kutz­town 7th grader Do­minick Pizze­lanti was among those from Kutz­town to win 1st place at Na­tional His­tory Day.

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Kutz­town sopho­more Is­abella Pizze­lanti won a 1st place award at the Na­tional His­tory Day com­pe­ti­tion at Kutz­town Univer­sity.

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