Students honored at USD's 45th Student History Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Two Creighton University students and a Minnesota State University Moorhead student were recognized for their outstanding papers at the 45th annual Student History Conference at The University of South Dakota.

Claire Wolnisty and Filip Mazurczak, students at Creighton University, received awards for their papers in U.S. and Latin American History, and European History, while Courtney Koch, of Minnesota State University Moorhead, received top honors for her medieval history paper at the competition, which was Thursday, April 22, at The U’s Muenster University Center.

Wolnisty won best paper in the history of the United States and Latin America with “The Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny” while Mazurczak won for best paper in European history with “Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn: A Surprising Critique of the Myth of Polish Messianism.”  Koch received the top award for her medieval history paper, “‘The Lion and the Lamb’: Richard I and Philip Augustus and the Failure of the Third Crusade.”

Thirty-five graduate and undergraduate students from seven colleges and universities throughout the region presented or commented on papers. The winning authors earned certificates and book awards. The conference was sponsored by the USD Department of History and the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history.