Crusaders in National History Competition

Students Represent Iowa for National History Day
Posted on 06/14/2020
A Bishop Heelan High School student team was one of two selected from the state of Iowa to compete in National History Day, a virtual competition this year that is being conducted remotely June 14-20. 

The student team of Izzy Gunderson, Alex Johnson, Anna Paskey and Jacob Salmen submitted the website category entry of “Flight 232: Breaking Barriers in the Community Response.” 

Their website included sections on Flight 232, The Plan, Community Response, Real Life Accounts and Conclusion. It can be viewed at

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website.

In their paper the Heelan students wrote “Our project related to the NHD theme because Flight 232 broke barriers in different communities in Sioux City and beyond. The emergency plan that was in operation at the time of the crash “broke barriers” because it had included many different organizations in the community including the fire department, hospitals, cellular companies, law enforcement, the Iowa National Guard, and many more. The plan had brought these organizations together to make a plan that they believed would save lives in the event of a disaster and it did.

"The Sioux City community itself also ‘broke barriers’ by coming together to support the survivors of the crash and responders by providing food, clothing and lodging.”

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