“Taking a Stand in History” was the theme when five Oberlin High School students presented National History Day projects to a panel of judges March 4 at Case Western Reserve University.
Lucy Cipinko, Eva Phillips, and Madeline Hennessey wrote and acted in a group performance. Their project was titled “As Goes Oberlin, So Goes the United States: How Protests at Oberlin College Change History.”
They traced progressive ideals held by the college and town of Oberlin. The group was honored by the Cleveland Grays Armory Museum Special Prize for their outstanding scholastic effort.
Asher Cipinko and Ewan Inglis were awarded the Oberlin Heritage Center Hubbard Prize for their website entry, “The League of Nations’ Rise,” which included the work of the Oberlin Peace Society, an organization founded in the aftermath of World War I to promote global peace.
This award was created by OHC 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.
Donna Shurr, the OHS National History Day advisor, said she is proud of the research skills honed through long hours online and at the Oberlin College Archives to prepare their projects.