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Prizes offered kids by HPHS in 2004, 2005! Winners 2006. 2006,7, 8
About winners 2010 and their coming presentation in Hyde Park June 12 (2-4 pm, 5529 S. Lake Park)
History Fair 2013 competitors. The presentation will be on June 22, Saturday, 2-4 pm at an air-conditioned place tba. Moderators- Tim Black, Mary Ann Johnson (CAWHC).
These local schools were at the May 2 senior or junior competion in Springfield: Akiba-Schechter, Ancona, Kenwood, U of C Laboratory Schools, U of C Charter Woodson Charter. Stte Fair winners go to U Maryland competition.
Documentary seniors divisioninners: Maddie Rafkin an DJ Smith of UC Lab for "American Medical Association."
Brianna Allen, Woodson for "Architectural Preservation."
Nia Parker, Woodson, "Chicago Rust Belt"
Hannon Wilson, Kenwood Academic Center for "Chicago's First Styscrapper"
Sasra Gardner, Ancona "Ed Carner's Mission"
Caleb Millikan, Ancona for "The 1919 Chicago Black Sox: Corruption or Rebellion?"
Danielle Calloway, Kenwood Aacademic Center for "The Chicago Housing Authority: An Unintended Disaster"
Documentarary Junior Division
Gabrielle Roitman, Akiba-Schechter for "A New 'Page' in History
Sydney Davis, Kenwood Academic Center for "Black Diamonds"
Maxine Aguilar, Kenwood Academic Center for "Racism ini Hidgh School Swimming"
Lilitt Matar, Akiba-Schechter for "Sears Roebuck and Co. Home Kits"
Gonzalo Higuero and Xavier Hall, Kenwood Academic Center for "World's Fair
Research Paper Junior Division
Zev Goldberg, Akiba-Schechterfor "A History Divided"
Hope Rogers, Kenwoold Academic Center for "Folk Music"
Leah Finkielsztein, Akiba-Schechter for "Free Speech for All"
Shmuel GButman, Akiba-Schechter for "The Summerdael Scandal Police Corruption"
Webssites Jnior Division
Ireon Roach, Kenwood Academic for "Chicago Corrupt"
Mariah Helm and Anna Dennis, Kenwood Academic Center for "Manhattan Project"
Eva Lewis, Kenwood Academic Center for "South Shore Country Club"
Pierce Alber, Kenwood Academic Center, for "White Castle"
Appeal from Chicago Metro History Fair to judge projects- 2013.
Would you please consider joining us and passing on this invitation to your board and members?
The Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) invites you to make a difference in students' lives by volunteering to judge at a History Fair event this Spring. As a judge, you will evaluate exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, or research papers on topics in Chicago-area history produced by students in grades 6-8 or 9-12.
No previous experience or specialized degrees in history or education are necessary -- all we ask is that you have an appreciation for student efforts, an interest in history, and a commitment to quality education. On the day of the History Fair event, you will receive a full orientation and will be paired with a veteran judge.
The weekend event dates for 2013 are: Saturdays, March 2, March 16, and April 13. Weekday or evening sessions are available for judging papers in March and April. Also, we now offer judging in cyberspace for the website category!
Please review the many judging opportunities available and select the session that works best for you by visiting http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=5mas4ddab&oeidk=a07e6n09v66384fdb0f
Visit www.chicagohistoryfair.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2012 - June
24, We heard presentations by the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society's
award for the best student project on the history of Hyde Park from the 2012
Chicago Metro History Fair and view a presentation of their projects.
Commentary on the student projects will be made by the 2012 Paul Cornell winners,
Timuel Black, Jr. and Paul Durica, and Frank Valadez, ex. Dir. Chicago History
Fair. Theme this year is Revolution, Impact, Reform.
Featured projects: "Violent Reaction to a Non-Violent Protest" at Rainbow Beach (web project by Chakena Sims, Bronzeville Scholastic Institute); "The Rise of Provident Hospital: (exhibit, Hall and Kiana Mott, Bronzeville Scholastic Institute)- unable to attend; Tim Black discussed; "The Manhattan Project" (documentary, Gersham Johnson, Rileigh Luzcak, and Elizabeth Tom, Payton College Prep High School); Documentary on aspects of the Columbian Exposition.
12 Lab School students went to state level competition in Springfield in 2012, Alexandra Barber won the Old State Capitol Foundation Prize. She did her project on Cook County African-American business and political pioneer John Jones.
Each year local and regional judging in the spring is followed by an annual awards and prize ceremony downtown, where Hyde Park Historical Society makes its own cash awards for work about Hyde Park Township, thanks to the generosity of Nikki Stein and the Polk Bros. Foundation. (MHF Divisions include junior (through middle school), high school, and a suburban division.) Then, while the winners head downstate to compete, Those awarded by HPHS and others whose work is about HP Township have their work displayed and present at Society Headquarters in late spring. Kathy Huff coordinates at HHPS.
U of C Charter Woodson School student Nia Parker (7th gade) won the city and regional history fair competitions 2012 and is the first UC Charter student ever to compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington D.C. Her project is "Freedom from Tyranny" about th 1963 Chicago School Boycott and its relation to the Great Migration and following events and realities, and draws parallels to Latino situations and protests.
Spring 2011 three projects on Hyde Park were awarded. One is on Urban Renewal, one on Vivian G. Harsh, and there was another. One is going to the national in Washington. Awardees were recognized in a program at the Society June 5.
February 27, 2010, the Chicago Metro History Education Center was honored by Hyde Park Historical Society with a Paul Cornell Award. Here is the description of the Center, which truly operates on a Chicagoland wide scale and provides entries statewide and nationwide:
Since 1977, the Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) has been dedicated to improving history education in the Chicago metropolitan area. It achieves this goal by developing a history curriculum for local schools, conducting workshops for teachers of history and social sciences, and by organizing and administering a History Fair for students in grades 6-12.
In 2009, nearly 20,000 students from 110 schools selected topics on local history for the Center's History Fair. The students conducted research using documentaries, exhibits, performances, or research papers communicating what they had learned. Thirty-seven teams of finalists received prized for their work at a ceremony at the Chicago History Museum, a number of whom advanced to a a statewide competition in Springfield and from there to a national competition at the University of Maryland.
Institutions supporting CMHEC include the Newberry Library, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Museum, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Humanities Council, and numerous foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Because of the generosity of the Stein family and the Polk Brothers Foundation, each year the Hyde Park Historical Society is able to give two awards to students with projects about the history of Hyde Park Township.
Herald, June 9, 2010
The Hyde Park Historical society is celebrating the efforts of two teams of high school students whose award-winning entries to the Chicag Metro History Fair centered around Hyde Park subjects. This Sunday, June 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a panel led by Jay Mulberry, former president of the historical society [and retired history teacher and principal[, and Stacy Stewart, a Chicago Public Schools history teacher, whose students' project led to the landmarking of the Carl Hansberry House by the Chicago City Council, will feature the two projects. "Midway Plaisance," a diorama of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, was created by students from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill. "Urban Renewal in Hyde Park/Kenwood Neighborhood" is a documentary created by Hyde Park students who attend Lincoln Park High School. The diorama will be on display and the documentary will be shown. [The students included Sofia Gomez Doyle and Olivai Daniels; Alicia Chipman, Samantha Niese, Allison Byrne, Allie Niese.]
Historical society board member and program committee co-chair Kathy Huff, who oversees the selection of the Metro History entries for the society, said she was looking forward to viewing the documentary and was blown away by the diorama. "The diorama is something to behold," she said, adding that the projects are in keeping with the mission of the awards. "We give an award every year for the best two projects that exemplify Hyde Park Township," Huff said.
Alyssa Niese, one of the three members of the Maine South High School team, said the details of the built environment at the Midway Plaisance during the Columbian Exposition drew them in. "We decided we wanted to do something really fun and very people oriented and that's how we came to decide on the Plaisance. It was fascinating to read about and incredibly intricate and very interesting," Niese said.
Allison Byrne said learning about the meaning of the Explosion reinforced their original idea that "it would be a cool idea to create a model." "It was an innovation in the way that people learned. Instead of learning from a classroom or some teacher they could actually learn by seeing. So we thought that if we were going to do a project on the Midway Plaisance, that it would be appropriate to incorporate that idea of learning by seeing," Byrne said.
Alyssa's sister Samantha, the third and final member of the group, said the chance to take the project to state was an exciting -- and unexpected -- experience. "We're really excited about it -- it's just been a whirlwind," Niese said. "We were told that models like ours never moved... out of high school [competitions]. Moving on to state was such and amazing experience."
The event takes place at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. For more information, visit hydeparkhistory.org.
In 2008, the winning Metro History Fair exhibits about Hyde Park were on display as part of the May 17 History Walk (in Hyde Park that year) to raise money for the History Fair See http://www.hydeparkhistory.org for links to the organization.
2007: Displayed at the Society starting July 28: Crime of the Century-Leopold and Loeb (focusing on changing views of criminality and psychology and including a video), The Trumbull Homes riots of the 1950s and 60s, Dr. Joseph Hale Williams-Builder of Opportunities, and the career of Lorraine Hansberry.
August 5, 2006 Hyde Park Historical Society headquarters had 3 presentations and an ongoing displays of Metro History Fair projects on Harold Washington, Bill Veeck and the spark for integration at Trumbull Park CHA in the 1950s. One was a video presentation selected as best project related to Hyde Park History. The impressive display on Bill Veeck was explained by recent Stevenson (Lincolnshire) graduate Anatoly Karoll. 5529 S. Lake Park.
Canter Middle School is among several area schools that expects to participate in the Metro History Fair in 2007.
Report on the winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society History Fair 2005.
The Society will again in 2006 give cash prizes to Metro History Fair winners with projects on Hyde Park. Call the Society for information 773 493-1893, check/inquires at the Society Website www.hydeparkhistory.org. or call board member Gary Ossewaarde at 773 947-9541 to get in touch with who is running the project this year.
Metro History Fair has special category, prizes for those who research their own school and its namesake;
Cynthia Greenleaf hopes that the CPS History Fair Challenge will encourage more students to learn about their school names. Students who complete a history fair project on their school namesake for the Chicago Metro History Fair will receive a certificate and the best project will receive an award.
The students are not required to find the relatives of their school namesakes. It would just be a bonus, Greenleaf said. "Learning how to research should be more important", she added. "Finding the relatives is just a little bonus of taking advantage of important history.."
Students or adults who find living relative for whom schools are named should contact Cynthia Greenleaf at the CPS Office of External Partnerships at  553-1547 or email email@example.com.
The Hyde Park Historical Society will again be working with the Metro History Fair and adding its own prize money for locally oriented projects.
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teachers and schools participating in the 2005 HPHS History Fair.
Fourteen middle and high school students presented on their poster projects--and the subject matter and approaches were truly varied-Chicago blues, Promontory Point, South Side murals, Pilsen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Croatian soccer were among the topics. Fair coordinator that year was Priya Shimpi.
Candice Welch, freshman at Hyde Park Career Academy, received special honor for her first from the Chicago Metro History Fair for her project about Hyde Park, exploration of changing social history and school kid sociality through the school's yearbook, for a long time titled "Aitchpe," then changed back to "HP" and the meaningfulness and significations of the yearbook tradition.
In the HPHS contest, Anja Rieser of Ancona School ("What's the Point?") and Olivia Carlize ("The Murals of the South Side) tied for first.
Ancona School produced the largest number of projects. Teacher Cory Stutts was give special recognition and a round of applause. She said it a school policy for students to participate in history fairs and similar projects that involve the students in talking with neighbors, officials and becoming more familiar with their surroundings.
And the 2005 participants and recognizes were:
Theresa Bailey, Olivia Carlize, Saah Cigan, Alexandrian Dunn, Karina Edingburg, Andrew Fogel, David Jacobson, Nicee M. Jones, Caroline Harris, Anja Rieser, Jaclyn Smalls, Ahmand Starks, Cade Yanowski, Candice Welch, Andrew Zegel
Molly Myers, Gwendolyn Brooks Preparatory Academy
Cory Stutts (and Zeus Preckwinkle), The Ancona School
Seth Patner, South Shore High School of Entrepreneurship
Angela Campbell, Hyde Park Academy
History Fair Volunteers
Roland Bailey, Carol Bradford, Janice Knox, Theresa McDermott, Priya Shimpi, Stephen Treffman, Anonymous donors
Especially noted: Exhibits on The Point, The Blues, Lucy Parsons, Hyde Park High School's "Aichepe" Yearbooks. Also, Croatian soccer in Chicago and several others. Two Winners of the Metro History Fair whose exhibits related to the area were also awarded.
A wonderful ceremony and reception was held on June 6 2004. Principals, teachers, Rebecca Janowitz aide to CPS' Arne Duncan, parents, Tim Black, HPHS officers and board members joined in honoring the students. Especially notable in participation and awards were Revere Public School and the North Kenwood-Oakland Charter School. Awards included cash, certificates, ribbons, Peter Nepstad's video game on the World's Fair, and in one case a gift-especially inscribed copy of Carl Larson's Devil in the White City.
|(May, 2004:) We [HPHS]
are pleased to tell you that Grace Green, a freshman at St. Ignatius High
School, has been awarded a $100 prize given by the Society through the Metro
History Fair to the History Fair entrant with the best project relating
to our community.
Ms. Green's project was a standing exhibit with an extensive summary statement related to Alfonso Iannelli whose sculpture adorned Frank Lloyd Wright's Midway Gardens and is part of the decoration of the St. Thomas the Apostle Church Building.
Money for the award was provided as an anonymous gift from a member. The presentation was made at the History Fair Awards Ceremony by HPHS Board member Priya Shimpi.
In addition to the History Fair award, the Society will shortly present two prizes to high school students and two to middle school students from schools in the greater Hyde Park area. Entries will be judged this week.
We hope in the next few weeks to invite you to see Ms. Green's project and those of other entrants and awardees on display at our headquarters.
The History Fair is an area-wide project for schools. This year, Kenwood student Amanda Mantilla won a superior rating in the Illinois State History Expo showcasing the best history fair projects. Hers showed the impact of German Americans in Chicago.
Hyde Park Historical Society has its own break-out contest with prizes for elementary and high school projects. The allowable topics are quite broad and involve the whole area of Hyde Park Township, from 39th to 138th St., beyond the present Chicago south city limits.
This year, two anonymous
donors are making it possible for the Hyde Park Historical Society to offer
a number of prizes for outstanding student history projects.
Take a look at http://hydeparkhistory.org/contest; it will make you feel good to be a member.
We want to reach as many students, teachers and principals about these awards as a possible and ask you to help us.
You can help us by sending (or even handing) the flyer downloadable in www.hydeparkhistory.org to anyone you think might be interested. Ask them to pass it on, too.
Your Hyde Park Historical Society Education Committee
From: Chicago Metro History Education Center
Hyde Park Historical Society Metra History Fair Prize- Grace Green: "Alfonso Iannelli" St Ignatius
1st Place High School-Theresa Bailey "Valois: See Your Food" So Shore Entrepreneurial School- Teacher: Seth Patner
2nd Pl. High School- Gary Densmore "Lakefront Homes" So Shore Enter. Seth Patner
Special Recog. High- Juan Hernandez "America's First Serial Killer" Juarez. Al Moy
1st Place Middle Sch.- Ciobhan Judith Dun "Changing of Bronzeville 1940-1940" N. Kenw-Oakl. D. Johnson
2nd Place Middle- Jordan Evans, Monique Greyer, Earnest Hale, Shanika Harris "Oak Woods Cemetery" Paul Revere Sch. Teacher: Kim Campbell.
Carla Askew- "Bronzeville Landmarks" No Kenw/Oakland. Teacher: Darrell Johnson
Xavier Hawthorne- "Oak Woods Cemetery" Paul Revere. Teacher: Jon Lowenstein
Elisa Kimble- "Harold Washington" Paul Revere. Jon Lowenstein
Jacqueline Lewis- "What Made the Palm Tavern" No-Kenwood/Oakland. Darrell Johnson
Portia King- "Bronzeville Night Clubs 1920's-1940's' No Kenwood/Oakland. Darrell Johnson
Dominique Potts- "How Bronzeville Has Changed" No Kenwood/Oakland. Darrell Johnson
Students of Room 203- "General Frank C. Brown, Jr." Powell Academy. Teacher:: Joseph Rhoiney
Haoziang Xu- "Hyde Park" Kenwood Academy. Teacher: Ivan Sarudi
HPHS President presented checks to Metro History Fair winners who produced a DVD on Hyde Park Township subject " Taking a Stand for Integration: Trumbull Park Homes." We hope the tape will be available for viewing at the Society.
Hyde Park High teacher Angell Campbell won the Arthur Anderson Novice Teacher award at the Fair.
Other projects bore on Hyde Park topics:
Maria DeGillo, VonSteuben HS: We Must Not be Afraid to be Free: George Anastaplo
Gina Craig, Providence-St. Mel HS: Journey of Daniel Hale Williams
Hen Denoris, Hyde Park HS: Art Speaks: Dr. Margaret Burroughs Taylor
Ivan Favelev, Lincoln Park HS: African-Americans Take a Stand at World's Fair
Brian Gross, St. Charles East HS: Crime of the century & Capital Crime Defense
Mya Haddon, Robeson HS: World's Columbian Exposition
Vanessa Hamilton, Jones College Prep HS: Far From Ladylike: Women & the World's Fair
Jessica Irons, Roosevelt HS: Darrow Against the Death Penalty
Adam Jedrzejak, Chicago HS for Ag Science: Pullman Strike of 1894
Toly Karroll, Stevenson HS: In the Stands with the People: Bill Veeck
Katherine Kinnaird, Regina Dominican: Race Relations & the Chicago Children's Choir
Thomas Kopko, St Laurence HS: Philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald
Kate Lander, St. Charles East HS: Midway Plaisance: Common Appeal Success
Anjna and Jignesh Patel, Roosevelt HS: Must We Live and Die in Pullman Town?
Numera Quraishi, Niles West HS: 1893 World's Columbian Exposition: Aftermath
Jennifer Stone, Latin School: Leopold & Loeb: Trial of the Century
Kevin Tracy, Mt Carmel HS: The Woodlawn Organization
Katie Trella, Maine West HS: Informing the Nation: The Doomsday Clock
Gabriela Urquiza, Roosevelt HS: Darrow Against the Death Penalty
Maryn Young, Stevenson HS, Unfinished Legacy: Harold Washington
2009 winners (several presented at the Hyde Park Historical Society). Two cash awards were given by the Society (incl. from a Donor and Polk Bros. Foundation) at the Metro History Fair annual luncheon.
Winners: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Columbian Expostion: Building chicago (DVD)- Niles West. Gred Gleytlikh, Dean Zazamias, Joe Kosir,Gyler Paxik.
Hansberry Court Case (3-panel)- Morgan Park Academy. Breanna Stewart, Christopher Williams
Others joining in the ceremony at the Society:
Double Duo: Timuel Black and Martin Luther KIng (3-panel)- Bronzeville Scholastic Instit. Ciarra Benton, Michael Conner
Julius Rosenwald: A Philanthropist (DVD)- Lincoln Park High School. Kristina Hrvojevic, Nichole Jackowski, Camila Navartete, Daney Ramirez
George Pullamn: The Unintentional Results of Misguided Oppression (paper)- Payton College Prep. Jerome Molasky.