EHS Students Claim History Awards

EUREKA— On January 28, Eureka High School Gilder Lehrman History Pathway students distinguished themselves at the Humboldt County History Day. The theme at this year’s competition was Triumph and Tragedy in History.


“I was extremely pleased with the professionalism of all of our students,” said teacher Ron Perry. “The collective level of preparation has never been better.”

Ten projects qualified to go to State History Day in Long Beach on April 28. These students include:

In the documentary category, Delores Freitas and Rachel Smith placed second with The Annexation of Hawaii.

In the individual performance category, David Loring placed first with Houston, We Have Problem. Makenzie Sanders, Kara Bradley, Erin Lemstrom, and Nicole Denny, placed second for their group effort Escape the Iron Curtain. Miranda Kellem and Chelsea Cserep placed third for their group project The Triumph and Tragedy of the Final Days of the Civil War.

In the individual exhibit category, Ashley Breksa-Dunn placed second with The Potato Famine. Ryan Knight, Sarah Knight, Garett Pierson, and Henry Hoff placed second for their group exhibit Soil for the Slain: The Armenian Genocide.

In the Web site category, Darcy Gordon placed first with Wilma Rudolph: Triumph of the Black Gazelle. Jessica Flynn, Brenley Larson, and Amanda Leslie placed first for their group’s site We have Your Island: The Triumphant Occupation of Alcatraz. Jenna Madsen and Nicole Ulinger-Alexander placed second for their group project The Triumph and Tragedy of One Man in the Holocaust. Jordan Jackson and Brooke Chrisler placed third for their group project The Chosin Few.

Eureka High’s Gilder Lehrman American History Program provides students a four year intensive and comprehensive study of U.S. History as well as an opportunity to develop and demonstrate advanced research and presentation skills. Students have the opportunity to earn as many as 13 college credits. Seven one unit classes will be taught by HSU professors and students can earn six additional units by passing the AP US History and AP Government tests.

Gilder Lehrman instructors include Ron Perry, Craig Parker, Ben Henshaw and Donna Doherty.