6th Graders Head to National Competition

by Jennifer Bullock on May 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

Three area sixth graders are taking their passion for history from Dresden to the nation’s capitol…

Sixth Grade Social Studies teacher Molly Orr had her students participate in History Day, a national program where student grades 6 through 12 focus on specific projects. Students Morgan and Meghan Anderson, and Frannie Emerson, chose the "Tornado Super Outbreak of 1974".

"Well, we all like weather, and we saw it on The Weather Channel and we got interested… because we wanted to see if anything like that had happened in Ohio’s past," said Meghan Anderson.

The students created a documentary film from their research, and after attending districts and the state competition, they qualified for nationals in Washington D.C this June.

"There weren’t very many people at districts, but it was on a smaller scale. And so, when we found out we were going to state, we were kind of nervous because we knew there would be a lot more people," said Emerson.

"It’s scary because it’s far away and we won’t know anybody there. But, it’s cool because it’s our first year doing History Day, and we made it this far and we didn’t really expect to get this far," said Morgan Anderson.

Dresden Elementary has participated in History Day for the past five years, and this is the first year a group has qualified for nationals.