Grayslake North High School Students Selected for National History Day Competition

Grayslake North High School Students Selected for National History Day Competition

Grayslake North High School Students Selected for National History Day Competition

Two Grayslake North students, William Bauman and Shayla Hertzke, were selected to represent Illinois at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland from June 11-June 15, 2017.  State winners are invited to share history projects pertaining to the theme, “Taking a Stand in History”. 

Students arrive at nationals with a research project in one of five categories: research papers, exhibits, documentaries, live performances and historical websites.  The Grayslake North students bring an exhibit and a documentary. William Bauman's exhibit entitled "Taking a Stand for Road Safety" and Shayla Hertzke's documentary "Through the Lens of Art Shay's Photography: His Life and Legacy" were named among the top two in the state in their respective categories and now represent only the third and fourth students in school history to attend National History Day.

According to the National History Day website, “The National Contest is the final stage of a series of contests at local and state/affiliate levels. Students begin their journey by presenting their projects in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world. Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests. The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are then invited to the National Contest.”

Asked why she chose her topic, Shayla said, “Photography is one of my hobbies that I do outside of school.  Dr. Erik Gellman from Roosevelt University came to speak to our class about Art Shay, and I wanted to find out more about the work he [Art Shay] was doing as a photographer.  Dr. Gellman helped get me in touch with Art Shay, so I got to speak with him. Learning about Art Shay and his photography was really important to be because I feel that pictures are one of the best was to capture the past and show what people were truly feeling at that time.”

Will Bauman has won numerous awards for his work supporting road safety.  He was recently named Illinois' youth ambassador with the organization Youth Service of America, and was honored in Washington D.C. for winning The Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his ongoing work educating the public about road safety. Regarding his History Fair project, Will stated, “I chose Taking a Stand on Road Safety” because History Fair is about doing something that you’re passionate about and that you want to learn more about.  And with my nonprofit (On the Road to Safe Driving), I love teaching people about safe driving and the importance of safe driving, and the School Safety Patrol founded by Charles M. Hayes and the Chicago Motor Club and AAA were right up my alley.  I thought it was so cool that there was this amazing program that I’d never heard about that had helped save kids’ lives that had been in existence for 97 years, and I wanted to find out more about it and help spread the word about this organization that was helping to save peoples’ lives.”

Congratulations to Will, Shayla, and to the 13 other GNHS students who joined them at the state-level competition. 

For more information, contact Jeff Schagrin, Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Grayslake North, at