The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has announced local students who are advancing to the National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) State Contest after the successful Indiana Central Region Contest on Saturday, March 20.

As part of IHS’s commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of its visitors, guests, volunteers and staff members, the Central region contest was converted to a virtual format to allow students to compete.

From Triton Central High School, senior Logan Buck is advancing to state with his individual performance on Alexander Graham Bell.

Senior Individual Performance Logan Buck Triton Central High School

Seniors Erin Balaska and Samantha Ackley from TC are advancing with their group performance, “Communicating Roles: The Television Housewife.”

Another Triton Central group of seniors Benjamin Riggins, David Steele, Isabella Scott, Kiefer Earl and Maggie Schweitzer are advancing with the performance “James Whitcomb Riley: Spreading Joy Through Poetry.”

Representing Morristown Jr-Sr High School at the NHDI State Contest are seniors Brendan Richardson, Dyllan Rutledge and Kamdyn Gaines with their performance “Atari: The Console That Communicated a New Beginning to How Games are Played.”

The March 20 contest included 188 student participants, and while students were not interviewed, 60 volunteer judges digitally provided feedback on all exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and papers.

The National History Day in Indiana State Contest will also move to a virtual format.

NHDI is a year-long program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana’s schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject that fits under the annual theme. This year’s theme is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Students use their research to work individually or in a group to create a documentary, exhibit, paper (individual only), performance or website.

For a list of Central region contest finalists, including student names, school names, project categories and project names, please visit

National History Day in Indiana is presented by the Rooker Family Foundation and is supported by TCU Foundation and the Vigran Family Foundation. The State Contest is supported by DNR – Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

For more information, visit or call (317) 232-1882.