Area students advance to state history contest

Several area students will compete in the May 4 National History Day, an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. The 2013 History Day theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

The following local students have advanced to the state finals:

Senior Group Exhibit: St. Thomas Academy students Murphy Galligan of Apple Valley, Ian Nichols of Eagan and John Wallner of Inver Grove Heights – How Barbed Wire Changed the West. John Anderson of Eagan and Joseph Muske of Inver Grove Heights – Satellites, A New Perspective.

Junior Group Exhibit: St. Thomas Academy students Patrick Garry of Eagan and Michael Newcome of St. Paul – The Heart-Lung Machine.

Junior Individual Website: McGuire Middle School (Lakeville) student Lindsey Kimmel – The Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota: A Change in Medical Practice.

Junior Paper: Metcalf Junior High (Burnsville) student Erik Olsen – Impulses of the Heart.