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David Gundale, Principal

640 Humboldt Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55107

(651) 293-8670 | Get Directions

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360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

651-767-8100 | Get Directions

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History Day

OWL students at Regional History Day 2013
  • History Day is a national program which gives students the opportunity to be historians.  OWL has been involved in History Day since the late nineties. All students in middle school (grades 6-8) and high school US History stuedents are required to complete a History Day project.  Other students are encouraged to complete an independent project and may have a class period dedicated to this work.  

    Begining in the late fall, students conduct in-depth research on a topic related to the theme for the year and produce a project, either a paper, documentary, dramatic interpretation, or exhibit.  The program fits well with the OWL social studies philosophy of demonstrating what you have learned in a project.  

    There are school, regional, state and national competitions where students present their research and projects. OWL History Day takes place in mid-February, where we showcase all the amazing work of our students and select the projects that will represent us at the regional competition in mid-March. The Regional event features projects from all St. Paul Public Schools, with projects selected to move on to State History Day in early May. The top two projects in each category at State qualify for National History Day held in Washington, DC in mid-June.

    The last seven years we have had students win at State and make it to the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland. During that time we have had 6 National Finalists, 4 National Medalists (top 3) and two National Champions.

    In 2012, OWL student Jennifer Lor took home first prize at the National History Day competition for her Individual Documentary. Read more about it and view Jennifer’s project here,

    In 2013, OWL qualified three projects for Nationals (tied for the most projects from one school in Minnesota).  Two projects made it to the National Finals and Grace Kellar-Long's Individual Performance on the Little Rock Nine took third prize.  

    Click here to view Simon Dungan-Seaver, Eli Sage-Martinson and Bjorn Holm's junior documentary on the US Dakota War.  Click here to view Siena Leone-Getten's junior documentary on Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Click here to view Eli Sage-Martinson, Bjorn Holm and Sam Dale-Gau's junior documentary on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War.   Click here to view Houadraa Lee, Amanda Hoffman and Ingrid Engelhardt's website on E. D. Morel.  Click here to view Siena Leone-Getten and Paying Lor's documentary on Ella Baker. 

Scenes from History Day

Silent Spring

Video by: Siena Leone-Getten, Junior Individual Documentary, 2013

Silent Spring- A Turning Point in Environmental History from Tim Leone-Getten on Vimeo.

Silent Spring

Video by: Sam Dale-Gau, Eli Sage-Martinson & Bjorn Holm, Junior Group Documentary, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War from Tim Leone-Getten on Vimeo.