History Club Students

On Saturday, March 11, 2023, the South Haven History Club competed in the Western Michigan University regional competition. Countless hours of researching and developing astonishing projects paid off as 18 out of 21 projects have advanced to the state competition! Additionally, South Haven projects  received both special awards - Best Use of Primary Sources and Kalamazoo Civil War Roundtable Award. "I am continually amazed by these kiddos and what I learn from them," said Julie Sheppard, History Club Advisor. "We made it happen despite no power days, snow days, and needing to flip to virtual. We are excited to present our projects in person at the State level next!"

Congratulations to our entire team. The following entries will move on to state at Central Michigan University on Saturday, April 22 under the theme - New Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.

Youth Division (4th - 5th Grade)
Group Documentaries

  • Annika Chalupa, Gwen Spencer, Haven Spencer - "The Buckeye Bullet: Breaking Racial Barriers Through a New Frontier (Jesse Owens)
  • Ella Cook, Noah Dubbink, Addison Williams - "Railroads: A New Frontier in War"

Group Exhibits

  • Joshua Grimes, Omarion Robinson - "Slave a Soldier"
  • Starlin Trafton, Elizabeth Priebe - "Terrorism on our Turf: September 11th - a New Frontier"


  • Tenley Klock - "'Bird Woman' Sacagawea and her Legacy in Exploring the New Frontier"
  • Cooper Priebe, Everly Strebeck - "Apollo 13: The Unplanned New Frontier in a New Frontier"

Junior Division (6th - 8th Grade)
Historical Paper

  • Natalee Faulkner - "Artemisia Gentileschi: Painting a New Frontier for Women Artists"


  • Cadence Phillips - "The Stonewall that Didn't Fall"
  • Abigail Latham Ireland Stratton - "'Just Breath' The Iron Lung: A New Frontier in Medicine"


  • Victoria Moody - "The Adventures of the Bandit Queen" (Belle Starr)
  • Ty Anderson, Drew Olney - "It All Started with a Mouse: Disney and the New Frontiers in Animation"
  • Hayden Washegesic - "Americanization: 'Kill the Indian, Save the Man'"


  • Lyne Badenhorst, Addison Timmer - "Amelia Earhart: Flying Solo"
  • Owen Burleson, Madisyn Lapinski "Come out Fighting!" The 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion

Senior Division (9th - 12th Grade)

  • Lauren Bartlett, Lauryn Daugherty - "An American First: A War Made for Television" (Vietnam)
  • Jacob Kaczmarek - "Nuclear Energy: The Controversial Frontier that the World Needs"
  • Tabitha Newberry - "Everybody Dance Now: Martha Wash-Brining Positive Body Image to the Forefront"


  • Ruby Peterson - "Vietnam: The War that Changed Wars"

Special Award Winners

Best Use of Primary Sources
*One awarded for each age division

  • Annika Chalupa, Gwen Spencer, Haven Spencer - "The Buckeye Bullet: Breaking Racial Barriers Through a New Frontier" (Jesse Owns) *Documentary 

Kalamazoo Civil War Roundtable Award 
*Only one awarded

  • Joshua Grimes, Omarion Robinson - "Slave to Soldier" *Exhibit

Drew Olney & Ty Anderson

Ruby Peterson