By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
History doesn’t have to be boring.
Students from Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage, Geauga and Ashtabula counties discovered that as they created various projects for the Ohio State Historical Society’s Annual History Day.
The theme of the event, which was Saturday at Youngstown State University, was “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.”
Jessica Marando, a 16-year-old Hubbard High School sophomore, worked in a group to create an exhibit on the history of photography.
With the pictures we chose, I learned a lot,” she said. “Not only about photography but just about history.”
Each piece of history ties into other pieces, she noted.
She also discovered that innovations change fast.
“We think the newest and best technology right now is so amazing, but in five years, it’s going to be old,” she said. “Because I have this digital camera I got two years ago. I loved it. I thought it was so amazing. And now my sister just got one for Christmas, and it’s so much better than mine. It’s funny how it changes so quickly.”
Students in grades six through eight compete in the junior division, and those in grades nine through 12 compete in the senior division. They can create projects that fit the theme in five categories: exhibits, performances, documentaries, Web sites and papers.
Winners from this event move on to the state level. The state winners go to the national competition in Maryland.
“It helps [students] to know what research is, knowing their primary and secondary sources for documents,” said Bonita Harris, coordinator for the five-county district. “It helps with critical-thinking skills. It helps them when they do [Ohio Graduation Test] testing for the state.”
The day also helps give kids an interest in history, she said.
“It was a good experience for a lot of things in life,” said Alyssa Sikora, another 16-year-old Hubbard High School sophomore. “It doesn’t seem that exciting, but it is when you get here.”
This was Sikora’s first time participating. Her group spent a lot of time preparing their history-of-the-turntable exhibit, but it was worth it, she said.
Olivia and Anthony Buzzacco, a brother-and-sister team from Southern High School, produced a documentary on roller coasters. They presented the film to a room full of students and parents, then answered questions from a three-person panel of judges.
“It was amazing,” said 17-year-old Olivia. “It was so exciting just watching it all come to life in front of all these different people.”
Dmitri Harrison, first place, CHEC Homeschool.
Eric Schrecengost, second place, Hubbard High School.
Tristen Sweitzer, first place, CHEC Homeschool.
Bryson Cook, second place, Willow Creek Learning Center.
Luc Hobart, third place, CHEC Homeschool.
Alanna Bebech, first place, Hubbard High.
Max Morrow, first place, Boardman Center Middle School.
Robin Goist, second place, Boardman Center Middle.
Caroline Dirscoll, third place, St. Charles School.
Danny Madorno, St. Charles.
Marquia Curry, St. Joseph the Provider School.
Sumner Schreiber, Boardman Center Middle.
Brian Knotten, St. Charles.
Emily Schueller, first place, Boardman High.
Nathan Moffit, second place, Hubbard High.
Nicole Miller, third place, CHEC Homeschool.
Tara Childs, Kaylee Kinkela, first place, Holy Family School.
Mackenzie Beck, Carly Berlon, Hallie Yerian, Alia Yossef, Beth Zeno, second place, Holy Family.
John Brennan, Anthony Ricciardi, Liborio Ricchilli, third place, Holy Family.
Melisa Eperiesi, MacKenna Wininger, Holy Family.
Madeline Leek, Francesca Strollo, Holy Family.
Catherine Evan, RachaelSFlbHilderbrand, first place, Springfield High School.
Emily Granger, Krista Julian, Abby Mills, Taylor Puncekar, Emily Skebo, second place, Hubbard High.
Hollie Baker, Jessica Marando, Sarah Tombo, third place, Hubbard High.
Matt Papiernik, Connor Spiech, Jordan Smith, Connor Sewickley, Hubbard High.
Kevin Crookston, Anna Crookston, CHEC Homeschool.
Kaitlyn Evans, Karlee Williams, Hubbard High.
Abbey Agler, Dawn Lingenfelter
INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATIONS
Sylvia Grdina, first place, Springfield High.
Stephen Senediak, second place, Hubbard High.
GROUP DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATIONS
Jim Stickel, Chucky Christopher, Grant Williams, first place, Cardinal Mooney High.
Olivia and Anthony Buzzacco, second place, Springfield High.
Herman, Horkey, Landon Kline, Josh Roseta, third place, Hubbard High.
Michael Angiolelli, first place, Holy Family.
Emily McIntyre, Paige Showalter, Jennifer Cross, first place, CHEC Homeschool.
Kyle Bolyard, Stephen Sharkey, second place, CHEC Homeschool.
Ashley Donahue, third place, Hubbard High.
Source: Ohio State Historical Society