Two middle schoolers compete in National History Day contest

Owen Aukeman and 8th grader Kevin Gough at the Capitol Building. Photo provided.
News Release

WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools congratulates 7th grader Owen Aukeman and 8th grader Kevin Gough from Edgewood Middle School for their exceptional representation of Indiana and WCS at the National History Day national contest.

The prestigious event took place at the University of Maryland from June 12 to June 15, attracting over 2,600 students from across the United States and international schools.

National History Day, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enhancing the teaching and learning of history, selected “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas” as the theme for this year’s contest.

Owen Aukeman presented his award-winning website titled “The First Modern Battleship,” which secured first place in the state competition held in April.

Kevin Gough competed in the individual presentation category, impressing judges with his state-winning project “Wabash Indiana and the Frontier of Electric Lights.” The event provided them with the opportunity to meet talented students from various backgrounds, explore historic sites in our nation’s capital, and even meet Indiana senators at the Capitol building.

The success of Owen and Kevin at the National History Day national contest is a testament to their dedication, hard work, and the support they received from the Edgewood social studies department and librarian Susan Eberhardt. Their guidance and inspiration played a crucial role in preparing the students for this esteemed competition.

Warsaw Community Schools commends Owen Aukeman and Kevin Gough for their outstanding achievements and for representing WCS with distinction.