4 Pinedale students to go on to National History Day competition
by Ann Noble
April 14, 2014
Four Pinedale High School History Day students are off to National Competition after placing in the top two spots at Wyoming History Day competition at the University of Wyoming in Laramie on April 7th. Tayln Hutta took first for her historical paper, "An Unforeseen Uprising". Foreign exchange students Tobias Kaecks, Veronika Kolitz, and Jia Choi, placed second in their website division for their project, "Divided Germany." They will advance to compete at the University of Maryland in College Park in June representing Wyoming.
Tayln Hutta also brought home three prestigious awards for her historical paper. She was awarded the Liz Byrd Cultural Diversity Award for the best entry which represents an aspect of Cultural Diversity or Human Rights; the Giving Voice Award for the best entry relating to giving voice to under-represented people; and the Wyoming State Historical Society Award, a $1500.00 scholarship to attend the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming Community College.
Mr. Mitch Irrgang, Middle School History Day Coach, won the prestigious "Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award" which recognizes outstanding National History Day teachers. Mr. Irrgang has been coaching History Day for twelve years at Pinedale Middle School. He was one of two teachers recognized from the state of Wyoming for this national award.