Alaska students win big in history contest
FAIRBANKS — Students from Fairbanks and Anchorage are taking home awards this week from the annual National History Day contest.
Krishna Nautiyal of Fairbanks won the Salute to Freedom award. Hanna Hellen of Anchorage and Cory Johnson, Erich Hoefler and David Swenson of Fairbanks won outstanding state awards.
A team of three Anchorage students — Hallie Whitmore, Mia Keyser and Challis Debenham — won the Naval History Award with their documentary about the famed 1839 slave revolt aboard the trading ship Amistad.
The Johnson, Hoefler and Swenson trio’s group documentary on Bill Koch and the revolution of skate skiing earned them the outstanding award. Heather Damario, the trio’s West Valley High School teacher, expressed her excitement in an email to Maida Buckley, Fairbanks’ History Day coordinator.Read full article