Seventeen middle school students represented The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School at the History Day State Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 26, 2014. Of those seventeen, seven students qualified for the National History Day Competition to be held in Washington D.C. in June. Those students are Maddie Hinkley (The Soweto Uprising); Alex Vonhof (Plessy v. Ferguson Court Case of 1896); Grace Marshall and Cami Kittredge (Jackie Robinson: The Man Who Broke the Color Barrier); and Eva Metro-Roland, Lucy DeRango, and Emma Fischell (The Prohibition of Alcohol: Rights and Responsibilities Under the Influence). Five other students were chosen as alternates in their events: Spencer Miner (Nicaragua in Chaos: The Contra War); and Henry Muscara, Robert Isacksen, Edith Todd, and Chloe Lupini (The Stonewall Riots of 1969: The Fight for Equality). Spencer Miner also received the Best Entry in Latino American/Hispanic World History award and $100 sponsored by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Also participating at History Day were Gracie Littke (The Wagner Act and Labor Unions); and Daniel Lassila, Jackson Kiino-Terburg, Reed Crocker, and Ethan Feucht (The Impact of Child Labor on Child Rights During the Industrial Revolution).
Students were led by Humanities teacher Rob Bradford with assistance from Petra Jodelis, Jen Heymoss and Aubrey Hardaway. Bradford was impressed with the hard work of the Kazoo students. “When I started working with them they were already on the path to greatness. It was great to see them go further in depth on their topics. They realized that the information needed to be substantial, and that their projects also needed to be entertaining enough to engage people.” The competition included students from all over Michigan, upper elementary through high school. Bradford said, “It was interesting seeing students from different walks of life be so knowledgeable and invested. It was also great to see Kazoo School alum and all of their hard work.” Kazoo alum Caroline Yapp, a student at Hackett Catholic Central High School, also qualified for National History Day with her project “Men Behind Barbed Wire: Rights of POWs during World War II and the Geneva Convention.”
Kazoo School, an independent school for children in preschool through eighth grade, prides itself on “celebrating extraordinary minds.” It focuses on educating the whole child, by offering classes in art, music, Spanish, and daily physical education, and ensuring that students are active participants in their own educations. Kazoo School also offers summer camps in June, July and August that are open to the public. For more information about Kazoo School please visit kazooschool.org or call 269-345-3239 to schedule a tour with Head of School Brendan Sheerin.