Lindblom Students Rock National History Contest

Kudos to the kids at Lindblom HS who won $5K for their research project. The student team includes juniors Lea Starling, Everett Murrell, Jon Murphy, and Jonathan Parnell came up with a research project that moved from the local Chicago Metro History Fair to the national history day finals in Maryland, where it won the award for Outstanding Entry in African-American History

From the press release: "The students’ project details the transformation that occurred in their school in the 1960s as the Supreme Court pressured the Chicago Public Schools to become more integrated in the wake of the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education decision. Racial conflict broke out at Lindblom as increasing numbers of black students began to attend the predominantly-white school. Lindblom and the surrounding West Englewood neighborhood quickly shifted from predominantly white to predominantly black due to white flight."

Yes, Lindblom was once mostly white. Click below for more details about other schools that won awards. Hi, Molly!

"Three other projects also earned honors at the national contest:


Carl Arkebauer, Ogden Elementary, placed 13th in the nation with his

project, “Evolution of Disability Rights in Chicago.” Carl’s teacher is

Adam Loredo.

o Anita Allen, Tariq Collins, Jer’Ray Hudgins, and Briana

Cato received Outstanding Junior Division State Entry for “Battling

Racial Restrictive Covenants: Hansberry v. Lee Court Case.” The

students attend Amelia Earhart Elementary School. Their teacher is

Amanda Petrowsky.

o Josephine Lee earned Outstanding Senior Division

State Entry for “The Women’s Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.” Josephine

attends Lincoln Park High School.

Juarez Community Academy was also named the Illinois National History

Day school of the year.

These students began their research journeys as participants in the

Chicago Metro History Fair program, a rigorous academic program for

students in grades 6-12 that asks participants to discover their

community's history through in-depth research. The program builds

critical thinking and communication skills while fostering an

appreciation for the history of Chicago.

The Chicago Metro History

Fair, the signature program of the Chicago Metro History Education

Center, serves over 20,000 students from a wide range of socioeconomic

and academic backgrounds. These participants joined 2,438 young history

scholars at the National History Day competition in College Park,

Maryland, June 15-19, 2008. Prizes were announced

at the National History Day awards ceremony Thursday morning. For more

information about the national contest, visit For more

information about the Chicago Metro History Fair, call 312.255.3661 or


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