History Day students prepare for D.C.

The National History Day tradition at Highland Park will continue as freshmen Samara Kroeger and Tessa Newman-Heggie advance to Nationals in Washington D.C. This is the fifth year that Highland Park has sent students to the National History Day Competition.

At Sate History Day on May 3rd, Samara placed 1st with her individual website, titled “Toxic Time Bomb: Love Canal, Superfund and the Establishment of Environmental Rights and Responsibilities”. Her project also received the Environmental History topical prize. Tessa’s individual documentary,“Violations of Rights in the Obedience Experiments: How Stanley Milgram Shocked the World”, received 2nd place.

Both Tessa and Samara have participated in the Minnesota State History Day competition in past years. According to Samara, “I was really happy because this was my fourth year doing history day, and I’ve been improving every year. So I finally achieved my goals.”

They leave for Washington, D.C. on June 14th. The girls are excited to see landmarks and museums, and of course, to go running together in our nation’s capitol. They are happy that they will be able to experience a high level of competition and meet students from all over the world.

Tessa and Samara NHD (2014) 2


From right: Samara Kroeger and Tessa Newman-Heggie