Anisa Carlson and Alexis Ihrig, two students at in Southwest Minneapolis, have won top honors in a state competition testing students' ability to investigate and present a historical issue or event.
Carlson and Ihrig chose to tackle the US-backed overthrow of democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953. Their presentation of this thick and thorny issue in a website, and their skill in arguing their conclusion that the CIA-led coup helped popularize strains of contemporary radical Islam, won them first place in the "Junior Group Website" category."
Minnesota History Day is a competition organized by the Minnesota Historical Society as part of the larger National History Day competition. Students in middle and high school are able to present their research and arguments in a website, an essay, an exhibit, a documentary, or a performance.