Local students advance to state in history fair

St. Paul’s Lutheran seventh-graders, left to right, Zoe Scharf, Yve Spengler and Ruth Dobberpuhl perform a script they wrote, entitled “Susan B. Anthony and Women’s Rights,” during the regional South Central Minnesota History Day event at Minnesota State University (MSU) on Tuesday night. The project was one of two local projects that qualified for state-level competition. The other was a website by eighth-graders Nicole Albrecht and Rachel Black entitled “Women and Children in the Labor Movement.” Staff photo

MANKATO — Two projects from St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School advanced to state-level competition Tuesday, after competing at the regional level in the South Central Minnesota History Day event at Minnesota State University (MSU).

Nicole Albrecht and Rachel Black qualified for state in Group Website.

Ruth Dobberpuhl, Zoe Scharf and Yve Spengler qualified for state in Group Performance.

St. Paul’s students also recognized by the judges were honorable mentions Mikayla Bendix and Cheyenne Blackwell, in Group Website; and Stasi Scharf, Maggie Spike and Ruthie Ulicky, in Group Performance.

Twelve seventh and eighth-grade students from St. Paul’s were chosen to enter their projects in the regional event.

All of the school’s seventh and eighth-grade students participated in the school event.

Schools participating at the regional event included: Mankato West High School, Mankato East High School, Delano Middle School, Jackson County Central High School, WEM High School, Forest Lake High School, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Northfield Middle School, St. Dominic School, Loyola Catholic School, Prairie Lake Lutheran, St. Wenceslaus School, St. Peter High School, St. Mary’s School in Bird Island, Glencoe-Silver Lake High Schools, St. Francis of Assisi and others.

The students competed in two divisions: junior high and senior high.

The competition categories included Individual and Group Website, Documentary, Exhibit and Performance.

Three entries from each category advanced to state.

The state qualifiers are eligible to enter their projects at the Minnesota State History Day event. This competition will be held at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, April 29.