By Emily Younker
The judging of more than 160 entries in this year’s Missouri Region 6 History Day competition has wrapped up, with winners expected to be announced later today.
Students from Joplin, Carthage, Mount Vernon, Neosho, Sarcoxie, Seneca and Wheaton participated in the competition, held at Missouri Southern State University.
The theme of this year’s competition is “Turning Points in History: People, Events, Ideas.” Students presented their research as a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website.
Kendall Vowels and Jewell Hicks, eighth-graders at Joplin South Middle School, said moments after their performance that they thought it had gone well. Dressed as park rangers, they gave their audience a tour of Yellowstone National Park, giving particular emphasis to the expedition of geologist Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden in 1871.
Hayden’s geological survey of the Wyoming region played a large role in the eventual designation of Yellowstone as a national park by Congress, they said.
“I didn’t really know about the Hayden expedition until we started researching,” Hicks said. “To have such an impact, creating the first national park — that’s a cool thing.”