COLLEGE PARK, MD - Four Topeka, Kansas students were awarded gold medals for their entries in the National History Day awards ceremony at the University of Maryland in College Park June 19th. Sjobor Hammer, of Topeka High School, won the top prize from the History Channel and a gold medal for her entry in the Senior Individual Documentary category, titled, "Bones of Contention: Battling for Human Dignity at the Salina Indian Burial Pit."
Harry Peterson is Hammer's History Day coach.
Topeka Collegiate students Shelby Carpenter, Nyalia Liu, and Soren Lamb won a $1,000 prize and a gold medal for their Junior Group Performance, titled "Asa Philip Randolph, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt: Conflict and Compromise in Negotiating Executive Order 8802." Sjobor appeared on Ralph's program Tuesday, and our Topeka Collegiate performers will be guests on 13 News at 4 next week.
Travis Lamb is the group's coach at Topeka Collegiate.