Sixteen TAHS students qualify for the National History Day State Competition

The regional competition was hosted by the IUP Department of History.


Thirty two students from Tyrone Area High School competed at the regional level of the National History Day (NHD)competition at IUP on Friday, March 27.  At the High School level, 16 students placed high enough to qualify for the State NHD competition at Millersville University on May 12-13, 2015.

I was proud of the fact that Tyrone was able to send more projects on to the state competition than any other school

— TAHS Teacher Todd Cammarata

This year’s theme is Leadership and Legacy in History.  According to the NHD website, the theme is chosen to “provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.”

The students at Tyrone chose a diverse group of leaders as their project topics.  From the famous – Clara Barton, Stephen Hawking and Mother Teresa to the obscure – Alan Turning, the Bielski Brothers, and Fritz Haber.

Students created projects ranging from traditional papers, presentation boards, websites and documentaries.

Sophomore Paige Umholtz was very impressed by the projects this year.

“All the projects that I was able to witness this year were fantastic,” said Umholtz, “”I think the judges had a hard job picking the ones that got the opportunity to move on.”

Sophomore Nathan Hormell is very excited to be able to move on to the state competition.

“I know from the past years that I went, states is really fun,” said Hormell, “I am very excited to be moving on and to see this year’s competition.”

“I was proud of the fact that Tyrone was able to send more projects on to the state competition than any other school,” said social studies teacher Todd Cammarata.

The list of those moving on to the state competition is as follows:


Historical Papers

Chloe Makdad – Grade 9 – Fritz Haber

Emily Beam – Grade 11 – Alice Paul


Group Exhibit

Mikie Cherry and Colby Pannebaker – Grade 10 – Bielski Brothers


Group Websites

Mikayla and Michelann Stroup – Grade 9 – Susan B. Anthony

Sage and Taylor Dixon – Grade 10 – Clara Barton


Individual Websites

Taylor Hoover – Grade 10 – Mother Teresa


Individual Documentary

Erin McKenna – Grade 9 – Clara Barton

Haley Butina – Grade 10 – Stephen Hawking


Group Documentary

Paige Umholtz, Olivia Bietz, and Kasey Engle – Grade 10 – Alan Turing

Nathan Hormell and Kenny McKernan – Grade 10 – Steven Spielberg