Craig Middle School students reflect on state event for National History Day |

Craig Middle School students reflect on state event for National History Day

Eight CMS students competed at the state level in Denver

Michael Neary
Craig Middle School students Jacob Jeffcoat, Tyler Burkett, Wesley Counts, Chris Maneotis, Joshua Gumber, Marlyn Arellano and Gwen Doizaki competed at the state level in Denver with their National History Day projects. Tomas Dickhaut, not pictured, also competed.
Michael Neary

— As Craig Middle School students reflected on their experiences during the National History Day state competition in Denver, they talked about projects that — in different ways — struck close to home.

Gwen Doizaki, a seventh-grader at Craig Middle School, explored Gregor Mendel’s theories of genetics for her National History Day project.

“My family and Gregor Mendel actually share a philosophy,” Doizaki said. “He was actually a monk, so he was a man of God. My family is extremely religious, but we still believe in science.”

Doizaki was among eight CMS students who competed at the state level in Denver on April 30. The students also competed at the regional level in Grand Junction, and they were impressed by what they saw during state competition.

Doizaki was struck by a project, on display in Denver, that focused on Buddhism.

“It was about Buddhism and how Buddhism affected the Asian continent as a whole,” she said. “It was really amazing. You could actually go and sit in it — that’s how big it was.”

Some of the students’ projects explored scientific history. Tyler Burkett, Wesley Counts and Chris Maneotis looked at Apollo 13, and the costs associated, and Joshua Gumber and Tomas Dickhaut explored the relationship between the Cold War and the race to space.

“I have a huge interest in space,” Joshua said. “I want to continue exploring and learning about other things that have to do with space, because I want to become an astronaut.”

Jacob Jeffcoat explored the Cuban Missile Crisis in his project.

Marlyn Arellano, who investigated the effects of the Mexican Revolution on immigration into the United States, said her work helped has influenced the way she reads.

“It could probably help us think things through a lot more,” she said. “You can pull conclusions from things that you read, and pull questions, so you can think deeper.”

Seventh-grade teacher Lauryn Calafiore, seventh-grade teacher Emily Bogue and eighth-grade teacher Alicia Townsend taught and coached the students through their projects.

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