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Breelyn Karno, left, and Emma Burns were awarded first place in the exhibit category of the History Fair for their display "Saving the Rainforest."

History Fair helps students focus on our global past

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New Richmond students in kindergarten through eighth-grade participated in the second annual History Fair held at the New Richmond Middle School Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 1.


Elementary projects were given feedback from high school students enrolled in the Advanced Placement History class. Middle School projects were judged by New Richmond teachers.

Middle School projects are eligible to move on to the regional level at UW-Eau Claire on March 31. Each student received recognition for their efforts.

Winners from the middle school level:


First place: Norway, Jimmy Miller

Second place: Erie Canal, Logan Warner

Third place: Facebook, Elliot Smallidge and CJ Kenney

Fourth place: Alcatraz, Colin Schroeder

Fifth place: Korean War, Austin Hatzenbeler


First place: Saving the Rain Forest, Emma Burns and Breelyn Karno

Second place: Shakespeare, Emily Bennig and Victoria Johnson

Third place: The Pink Truth-Mary Kay, Moriah Evans, Desley Saaby, and Laura Gagnon

Fourth place: The Wright Brothers, Jessy Chevalier and Emily Chevalier

Fifth place: Oklahoma City Bombing, Megan Moberg and Reese Jacobson

The People's Choice Awards were given to The History Of Hockey: Ben Poppovich and Zach Cunningham at the elementary level. At the middle school level the award went to Albert Einstein: Madeline Brugler, Taylor Stai, Harley Leavens and Gaby Cruz.

Burns and Karno said they dug deep to pick the subject of their project.

"This is something we're very passionate about," Karno said.

"I've always really loved animals and being outside," Burns said. "What's happening in the rain forest is really depressing."

The two started working on their project in October.

For example, Burns said on average one acre of rain forest is destroyed every second.

"You don't realize how bad (the situation in the rain forest) is until you start to research it," she said.

The duo said they had a bit of an advantage because Karno's aunt and uncle worked with native tribes in the rain forest to help them protect their land from being destroyed.

"We got to interview them for research," Burns said.

Each of the middle school winners will advance to regionals, which will take place March 31 in Eau Claire.

Burns and Karno said they're excited to be going to regionals but know the competition will be much tougher there.

"Everything there is so much better," Burns said. "There is some amazing stuff."

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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