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Klahowya history buffs qualify for national


Freshmen Ruthie Hawley and Emily Kreifels of Klahowya Secondary School recently qualified for a national history competition to take place in June.

The two placed second in their respective categories during Washington State History Day on April 26.

History Day, now in its 26th year nationally and 25th year in the state, allows students to compete in history-based research projects. Students delve through primary sources, personal interviews, books and much more to research their topics and ultimately compile their research into a documentary, performance, exhibit or paper.

Hawley completed a documentary on marine biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson and pesticides, beating out 14 of 15 other students for second place.

Kreifels put together a performance on Rosie the Riveter and World War II women on the home front, beating out nine of 10 students in her category.

The national History Day competition takes place in Washington, D.C., where the top 100 high school students in the country compete against each other.

Hawley and Kriefels become two of three Klahowya students ever to qualify for the National History Day competition. Heidi Bay, a 2002 grad was the first to accomplish the feat in 1998.

Klahowya students’ art moves to

state capitol

Two Klahowya Secondary School students will have their art on display at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia through May 28.

Brittany Medina and Kenny Hopkins were both selected as winners in the Olympic Educational Service District’s 2008 regional art show competition.

A reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 16, where winners of the state competition will be announced.

Hopkins’ piece, “Lucky Number Slevin,” can be viewed on the OESD Web site at

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