Five Oberlin High School students completed projects for District 3 History Day at Case Western Reserve University and defended their projects before a panel of judges.
Hannah Cipinko, Chris Schroth, and Jullion Fenderson created a website entitled “An Indelible Impression: Exchanging the Melody of Peace – Oberlin College’s Choral Encounter with the Soviet Union.”
Receiving the first place trophy, the project advanced to National History Day’s state level competition, which will take place on April 30 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
The three students also took home the Oberlin Heritage Center’s Hubbard Prize at the National History Day contest. This award was created by Oberlin Heritage Center members Gail and Ned Hubbard of Centreville to recognize student historians who live in Lorain County and present an outstanding paper, documentary, or website project.
The students were also recognized for their research on a local history topic by the Early Settlers of the Western Reserve with checks for $25 each. The students will update the website for the state competition, where a win could mean moving to the National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland.
Oberlin High School sophomore Lucy Cipinko also won recognition for her local history research by the Early Settlers of the Western Reserve with a check for $25. Her historical paper entitled “Not Raised in Vain: How Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange Shaped the Life of Anna Julia Cooper” traced the life of one of the first generation of African Americans to be raised as a free citizen in the United States.
Educated at Oberlin College, Cooper devoted herself to the education of African American students and became an activist and speaker.
Eighth-grader Asher Cipinko also brought home honors for Oberlin. His paper, “Humility and Reverence: Robert A. Milliken’s Exploration Exchange and Encounters with Scientific Misconduct and the Elementary Charge,” won third place in the junior paper category.
Asher’s entry will also move onto the state competition. He wrote his paper for an English assignment with his teacher Alison Smith, ultimately enjoying the process enough to bring his paper to the competition.
Courtesy photo Pictured are Hannah Cipinko, Chris Schroth, Jullion Fenderson, Lucy Cipinko, and Asher Cipinko.