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Templeton students to compete in regional National History Day

More than thirty Templeton Middle School (TMS) eighth graders will compete Feb. 24 at the regional level of the National History Day academic enrichment program held at Concordia University.

Finalists were selected following National History Day presentations held for judges at TMS in late January. This is the first year all eighth graders at TMS took part in the competition. This year’s theme was “Turning Points in History.” Students began research for their presentations in November.

“This project allows students the opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic of their choice centered around an annual theme established by the National History Day organization,” explains Templeton Middle School Social Studies Teacher Rhonda Watton. “Students are able to collaborate with others if they want, they are able to discover a variety of primary sources, interview others and really be able to become an expert historian on their topics.”

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students present their conclusions in a written paper, a performance, an exhibit board, a documentary or a website.

The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state and national competitions. “Between each level of competition, students can use the judges feedback and improve, tweak or change their project before the next level of competition,” adds Watton.

The state competition will be held April 20 at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The national competition is scheduled to be held this June in College Park, Maryland.

Templeton Middle School students and their projects advancing to the regional level are:

Group website:

  • Caitlin LaVoy and Korin Purifoy – “Louis Pasteur’s Impact on Modern Day Medicine”
  • Eesha Kothinti, Maia Dillow and Mallory Dietz – “The Americans with Disabilities Act”
  • Zoe Adkins, Duane Ford, Deeksha Pidikiti and Massimo Vargas – “Atomic Bombs and the Nuclear Arms Treaty”
  • Ciarra Taylor and Olivia Schuler – “The First Industrial Robot”

Individual website:

  • Cullen Coppersmith – ”How Computers Affected our Everyday Lives”
  • Jacob Jelinek – “1980 USA Men’s Olympic Hockey Game”
  • Liam Carlo – “How Gettysburg Changed America”

Group exhibit boards:

  • Josh Taves and Jerimiah Ball – “Sacagewea”
  • Samantha Horner, McKenzie Ledvina and Jacob Derra – “Micheal Bornstein: Affected for Life”
  • Kaitlyn Kobza and Micaela Wuesthoff – “Barbie”
  • Brayden Vergin and Anthony Bourke – “Jackie Robinson’s Effect on Baseball”
  • Arianna Ziegler and Anshi Gupta – “How the Deaths Caused by the Black Plague Affected European Relations with the Church in the 1300s”
  • Connor McDonald and Gavyn Benson – “Aircraft Warfare”

Individual exhibit boards:

  • Caden Koepsel – “Aleutian Islands”
  • Esha Praveen – “The Impact of Renaissance Art”
  • Paige Thompson – “Medical Advancements in WWII”
  • Elana Reyes – “Queen”
  • Chinmayi Swaminathan – “The Spreading of Smallpox to the Americas”
  • Leah Bickler – “Yellowstone”
  • Deekshitha Premchand – “Black Death”


  • Austin Mathews – “The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, Japan”
  • Emily Savatski – “Slavery and the Evolution of Music”
  • Truth Frazier – “How Music Changed the Civil Rights Movement”
  • Soham Gugale – “The Battle of Pharsalus: The Shift in Rome’s Democracy”
  • Zach Eulberg – “D-Day Invasion”

Group documentaries:

  • Luciana Orlando, Addison Bratzke and Brynn Basse – “Jewish Families and their Separation During WWII”

Individual documentaries:

  • Prasunaa Priya Kalyanaraman – “The Indian Independence Revolution”
  • De’maurion Peterson – “Frederick Douglass: Route to Freedom”
  • Nick Wambach – “How Did Jackie Robinson Break the Color Barrier?”

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Tacos (Choose Chicken or Beef), Black Beans, Banana, Salad Bar, Grab and Go: Calzone (3 Cheese)


French Toast Sticks, Sausage Links (Fort Atkinson, WI), Emoji Potatoes, Orange Juice, Salad Bar, Grab and Go: Cheese Pizza

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Templeton Middle School
N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive
Sussex, WI 53089

(262) 246-6477 (Main Office)
(262) 246-1865 (Attendance)

(262) 246-0465

School: 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Office: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Principal: Brad Hoffmann
Associate principal: Cody Leland
Activities director: Rhonda Watton