The students work on History Day projects with Patty Lien and Judy Franzen, with assistance from Joan Harrison. From left (front row): Jake Muhlbauer, Leah Weis, Emma Rooney, Allison Groux, Helen Weis, Katie Storlie, Erica Bouska; (back row): Madison Sexton, Lizzie Hartman, Abigail Toussaint, Emily Franzen, Brynne Valkosky, Jenna Galligan, Kaitlyn Rooney, Claire Jensen. Not pictured: David Jensen.
The students work on History Day projects with Patty Lien and Judy Franzen, with assistance from Joan Harrison. From left (front row): Jake Muhlbauer, Leah Weis, Emma Rooney, Allison Groux, Helen Weis, Katie Storlie, Erica Bouska; (back row): Madison Sexton, Lizzie Hartman, Abigail Toussaint, Emily Franzen, Brynne Valkosky, Jenna Galligan, Kaitlyn Rooney, Claire Jensen. Not pictured: David Jensen.
St. Benedict School 6th through 8th graders finished their projects for National History Day and recently took part in the regional event.

Sixteen students with their 10 projects have earned the right to advance to the state level in Des Moines May 5. 

Advancing to state competition are: Jake Muhlbauer- historical paper titled, "Don Haskins: Improving the Rights of African Americans in Collegiate Sports"; Erica Bouska- individual exhibit titled "Paying the Price"; Jenna Galligan- individual documentary titled "Jane Addams’ Hull House: Unlocking the Door to Human Rights";  Madison Sexton and Lizzie Hartman- group documentary titled “Lewis Hine: Changing Children’s Rights”; Kaitlyn Rooney- individual performance titled "Engel v Vitale: The Right to Freedom of Religion in School"; Katie Storlie-individual performance titled “Irena Sendler: Accepting the Responsibility to Make a Difference”; Brynne Valkosky- individual website titled "CFSAN: Maintaining the Rights and Responsibilities of Consumer Safety"; Leah Weis, Emma Rooney, and Allison Groux- group performance titled "Honig vs. Doe: The Rights and Responsibilities of an Education for children with Disabilities"; Abigail Touissaint and Emily Franzen- group website titled "Ensuring the Right of Education for Blacks: Brown vs. Board of Education"; Helen Weis, Claire Jensen and David Jensen- group website titled "The Orphan Train.”