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Vail Valley students win history competition

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Minturn Middle School seventh graders Jack Dorfman, Amie Hixon and Rachel Weiss placed first in a regional competition for National History Day. The team has qualified for a state competition on May 1 in Denver.

Following the theme of this year’s competition, “Innovation in History,” the Minturn students made a documentary, “Flying Ambulance: Improving Medical Transportation One Helicopter at a Time,” on the creation of medical air transportation.

“I have learned a lot about Flight For Life, met interesting people, had fascinating experiences and learned to work effectively in a group,” said Amie Hixon.

The students interviewed field experts, toured St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, researched the history of medical air transportation and collected pictures and footage of helicopters.

“Producing this documentary was a significant achievement requiring numerous revisions, perseverance, quality craftsmanship and effective collaboration, all of which are essential elements of Expeditionary Learning,” said Deb Harrison, a Minturn Middle School teacher. “In addition to the students coordinating interviews, bringing in guest speakers and organizing the landing of a helicopter at our school, they managed the writing, interviewing, taping, directing and producing of the documentary. No small feat for a big-time film producer, let alone three seventh grade students.”

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