2021 State Winners

Junior Individual Exhibit

First Place

 Title: March on Washington: Communicating for Civil Rights

Student: Genessis Ajin

AINSWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Nicole Flynn, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: Father Flanagan - The Voice for the Unheard

Student: Jagar Matson

LOURDES CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Elise Buck and Wendi Buggi, Teachers

Junior Group Exhibit

First Place

 Title: Titanic: Failed Communication on the Icy Seas

Students: Gunnar Ducker and Nicholas Jepsen

LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Kim Henry, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: Kennedy-Nixon Debate: Turning Point for Presidential Elections

Students: Preston Kreman, Loural McCoy, Baxter Reece, and Weston Schaefer

Harrison Elementary School

Tamara Hughson, Teacher

Junior Individual Performance

First Place

 Title: Hedy Lamarr: Not Just a Pretty Face

Student: Carlee Page

LEWIS AND CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL - Bellevue

Elizabeth Lambert, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: Navajo Code: Causing Misunderstanding for the Japanese

Student: Jonathan Strand

AINSWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Nicole Flynn, Teacher

Junior Group Performance

First Place

 Title: The Children's Blizzard of 1888: The Advent of Communicating Meteorology

Students: Rylie Arens and Sophia Wortmann

ST. ROSE OF LIMA SCHOOL

Ginger Schieffer, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: The Pony Express: Increasing Understanding in Ten Days or Less

Students: Kinley Olson and Kiley Orton

AINSWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Nicole Flynn, Teacher

Junior Individual Documentary

First Place

 Title: Alan Turing and the Enigma Machine

Student: Sasha Denenberg

LEWIS AND CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL - Omaha

Melissa Shrago, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: The Omaha Playhouse Communication

Student: Callahan Hernandez

LEWIS AND CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL - Omaha

Melissa Shrago, Teacher

Junior Group Documentary

First Place

 Title: Sacajawea: The Greatest Translator

Students: Evie Dorman and Sarah Gygi

LOURDES CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Elise Buck and Wendi Buggi, Teachers

Second Place

 Title: Wounded Knee

Students: Rhett Flack and Colton Mader

CRAWFORD HIGH SCHOOL

Moni Hourt and Nathan Kackmeister, Teachers

Junior Individual Website

First Place

 Title: The Photos That Shocked America: The Horrors of Child Labor Exposed by Lewis Hine

Student: Carlos Guerrero

RALSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Lynn Behounek and Mindy Podraza, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: Carrier Pigeons: Phantoms of Animal Communication

Student: Christopher Melvin

JOHNSON-BROCK PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Brett Davis, Teacher

 

Junior Group Website

First Place

 Title: Navajo Code Talkers: Language Suppressed Turns to War Success

Students: Olivia Fitzgerald and Eva Jaixen

LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Kim Henry, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: Disney's Production of World War 2 Propaganda

Students: Dilsia Colindres Fonseca and Ashlin George

HASTINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Stephanie Barwick, Teacher

Junior Historical Paper

First Place and Nebraska Press Foundation Award

 Title: The Feminine Mystique: The Key to Understanding the Problem That Has No Name

Student: Lydia Langfeldt

RALSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Lynn Behounek and Mindy Podraza, Teachers

Second Place

 Title: Universal Language: The Bombings of Japan

Student: Carter Acosta

BELLEVUE MISSION MIDDLE SCHOOL

Brent Myers, Teacher

 

Senior Individual Exhibit

First Place

 Title: Elizabeth Freidman

Student: Alexa Tollman

CRAWFORD HIGH SCHOOL

Moni Hourt and Nathan Kackmeister, Teachers

Second Place

 Title: Propaganda's Power: Changing the Lives of World War II's Women

Student: Mary Householder

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Beacom and Noa Craft, Teachers

Senior Group Exhibit

First Place

 Title: Navajo Code Talkers

Students: Aubrey Rendel, Kayla Treat, and Sarah Washburn

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Beacom and Noa Craft, Teachers

Second Place

 Title: The Night Witches

Students: Kamden Victory and Tylea Underwood

CRAWFORD HIGH SCHOOL

Moni Hourt and Nathan Kackmeister, Teachers

 

Senior Group Performance

First Place

 Title: Nellie Bly's Untold Story

Students: Celina Braithwaite, Taci Flinn, Kaitlyn Heyen, and Justin Lueck

ARCADIA PUBLIC SCHOOL

Trysta Asche, Teacher

Second Place

Title: Pigeon Post: Post by Pigeon

Students: Ayden Brophy and Andrew Reed

AURORA HIGH SCHOOL

Will Jackson, Teacher

​Senior Individual Documentary

First Place and Michael Berg Memorial Award

 Title: Grace Hopper: Computer Communicator

Student: Tyler Kaus

CHADRON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Cathy Kaus, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: Sign Language: The Spread from Europe to America

Student: Anna Brant

HASTINGS HIGH SCHOOL

Ann Mays, Teacher

 

Senior Group Documentary

First Place

 Title: The Space Race: Advancements in Communication

Students: Adam Algahimi and Max Olson

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Beacom and Noa Craft, Teachers

Second Place

 Title: American Slave Music: Communication of Sorrow and Hope

Students: Anthony Braesch and Zane Sims

LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Kim Henry, Teacher

 

Senior Individual Website

First Place

 Title: Katyn Massacre: Communication That Prevented Injustice

Student: Thomas Kaus

CHADRON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Cathy Kaus, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: "God Rides with the Hobos So Let Them Ride:" Communication of the American Hobo

Student: Grace Belter

RALSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Shane Adams, Teacher

 

Senior Group Website

First Place

 Title: The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How One Bomb Sent Shock Waves Across the World

Students: Raegan Mulliner and Nicole Tinius

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Beacom and Noa Craft, Teachers

Second Place

 Title: Underground Railroad: Secret Communication to Freedom

Students: Karlee Beck and Stephany Rodriguez

LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Kim Henry, Teacher

 

Senior Historical Paper

First Place and Nebraska Press Foundation Award

 Title: Rap: A Revolution of Communication

Student: Isabelle Stallbaumer

CALLAWAY HIGH SCHOOL

Melanie Chesley, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: The Scopes Trial: A Conflict Between Traditional and Modern Values

Student: Lindsay Amaya

HASTINGS HIGH SCHOOL

Ann Mays, Teacher

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Junior Division

First Place

Title: Pony Express: Riding Through the History of Mail Delivery

Junior Group Website

Students: Riley Obermiller and Natalie Wardyn

LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Kim Henry, Teacher

Second Place

 Title: The Omaha Playhouse Communication

Junior Individual Documentary

Student: Callahan Hernandez

LEWIS AND CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL - Omaha

Melissa Shrago, Teacher

Honorable Mention

Title: Rheta Childe Dorr

Junior Individual Documentary

Student: Brooklyn Walton

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST SCHOOL

Kirsten Champ, Teacher

AND

Title: Father Flanagan - The Voice for the Unheard

Junior Individual Exhibit

Student: Jagar Matson

LOURDES CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Elise Buck and Wendi Buggi, Teacher

 

Senior Division

First Place

Title: Standing Bear: A Spark for Native American Civil Rights and Its Continued Legacy

Senior Group Website

Student: Kennedy Bellin and Anna Dvorak

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Beacom and Noa Craft, Teachers

Second Place

Title: Handcrafted During Hard Times: Nebraska Murals

Senior Individual Paper

Students: Taylor Feddersen

CALLAWAY HIGH SCHOOL

Melanie Chesley, Teacher

Honorable Mention

Title: Standing Bear: Reporting of Native American Injustices

Senior Group Exhibit

Student: Lilyana Aguilar and Kaylyn Nesiba

LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Kim Henry, Teacher

AND

Title: Express of the West

Senior Group Exhibit

Student: Luke Blatchford, Seth Goldsmith, Garrett Magner, and Walker Wood

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Kyle Beacom and Noa Craft, Teachers

NEBRASKA PATRICIA BEHRING STATE TEACHER AWARD

Brett Davis

Johnson-Brock Public Schools

Johnson, NE

Junior Division

Marcia Foley and Heidi Thomas

Arapahoe Public Schools

Arapahoe, NE

Senior Division