St. John the Baptist Catholic School is proud to announce that three eighth grade students earned FIRST PLACE at State History Day held Saturday, April 7th at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Jozlyn Barnes, Krista Hardy and Reed Greger, 8th grade, all received first place in their categories and will advance to the National Contest this summer.Jozlyn and Krista placed first in the Junior Group Exhibit category for their project titled “Japanese Internment Camps: Islands of Conflict.” A total of 22 entries were represented in this category from across the state — all projects were district contest winners. Their entry was also selected to represent the state of Nebraska at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

Reed placed first in the Junior Individual Performance category. He presented a 10-minute performance on “NASA vs USSR: Conflict and Compromise of Technological Dominance” from a script that he wrote after extensive research. A total of 11 entries from across the state competed in his category.

The students will now advance to the National Contest held at the University of Maryland from June 10-14. Two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are invited to the National Contest.We are extremely proud of all the students who participated at the State Contest. A special thanks to Mrs. Pam Reinsch for all she does to prepare our students for success at every level of competition.

Congratulations to these three students and good luck at Nationals!