Students study communication |

Students study communication

Tamera Manzanares

Hotel lamps with built-in radio receivers were used in espionage operations.

Squanto, an English-speaking Pawtucket Indian, helped the pilgrims through a period of starvation by teaching them how to fish and grow crops.

The ancient Chinese, as well as American Indians, used smoke signals to send messages to people far away.

This is just a sampling of interesting information Hayden Middle School sixth- and seventh-graders shared in their History Day projects Friday.

Detailing topics such as lighthouses, Braille, music and dictators, groups and individual students displayed exhibits demonstrating what they learned about communication in history.

“This is a big learning experience,” social studies teacher Vicki Trousdale said about the required projects.

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The students have been working for about a month gathering primary and secondary sources at the school library and Hayden Public Library. They wrote about their topics in succinct essays and highlighted their work in colorful displays and short plays.

Stress and interpreting information were among the challenges sixth-graders Kate Young, Cassie Bush, Krista Tomke and Sierra Ehlers overcame in their project about Martin Luther King Jr.’s letters and speeches.

“He was an amazing man in history,” Kate said. “We wanted to learn more about him.”

Being able to choose topics makes History Day more interesting for the students, Trousdale said, adding that she was surprised by students’ creativity.

Other projects offered a look at the Navajo code talkers, the Underground Railroad, the Phoenician alphabet and how a children’s song spread the story of the Black Death.

A group of teachers judged the projects Friday. Eleven individuals or groups will take their projects to the regional History Day competition in Summit County.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail

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