Nevada Middle School student Kye Smith qualified for the National History Day competition, and four other NMS students were named finalists at the State History Day contest, held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on April 29, 2024.


Smith’s individual website is titled “Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen: Catalysts of GMO Technology.”  Smith also received the Agricultural and Rural History Special Award in the Junior Division for his project. Only two projects from each of the nine NHD categories are selected at the State level to advance to the National competition.

Two other NMS groups also received recognition at the State Contest. Bella Betting and Addison Lawler were among six project finalists for their group website “Radium Girls: Do They Still Glow.”  In addition, Rizzy Carsrud and Hailey Gruhn were among six project finalists for their group documentary, “Katherine Johnson: Changing the Trajectory of Women and People of Color.”

The National History Day Contest will be held this year from June 9-13 at the University of Maryland.