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Southeast Valley Middle School

Southeast Valley Middle School

30850 Paragon Ave., Burnside, IA 50521
Office (515) 359-2235
Office Fax (515) 359-2236

Basic Information

Grades: 5th - 8th
Enrollment: 330
Hours: 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Greg Slininger

Secretary: Beth Kisch
Secretary: Dana Housken

Guidance Counselor: Jenny Eckert

Nurse: Joann Lennon





Southeast Valley Middle School News



2019 National History Day State Competition

On  29 April, Southeast Valley students competed in Des Moines at the 2019 National History Day state competition. The theme for this year was “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Four eighth grade students and one freshman students represented Southeast Valley at the competition.

Chloe Speck, Alyssa Speck and Sophie Campbell created a website showcasing Helen Hunt Jackson and her fight for the rights of American Indians. As part of their research, they interviewed an author who gave them quotes to support their thesis. They were able to record their phone interview and embed the audio right on their website.

Jubilee Cunigan made a historical exhibit about the Little Rock Nine and their defining moment in desegregating American schools. Jubilee actually traveled to Little Rock and saw Central High School in person. She was able to talk to people who were alive and in Little Rock when conflict over desegregation was at its height.

Rylee Murray created a historical exhibit about the Meskwaki Indians and their unique place in the history of the relationship between the United States government and American Indians. Rylee communicated with the Meskwaki history museum in Tama County to further her research

These students worked hard to create their projects based on mountains of research taking the time to process and synthesize that research. They know avenues of research and analysis that will help them as they continue their educational careers.

Students were able to tour the Law Library at the Iowa Capitol building.

Sophie Campbell, Alyssa Speck and Chloe Speck competed with a website. Jubilee Cunigan's exhibit highlighted the attempts to desegregate US schools by the Little Rock Nine.

Rylee Murray's exhibit told about the Meskwaki Indians and their success at resisting removal from Iowa.




Southeast Valley students competed at the National History Day District event in Storm Lake on Wednesday, 20th March.

To qualify, students completed massive amounts of research based on their chosen topic. Each topic relates to this year’s theme, “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Projects had to incorporate this theme. Twenty-six students participated in this contest with exhibits, websites and historical papers.

At the competition, students were interviewed by teams of judges who studied their projects. An awards ceremony was held at the end of the event. Southeast Valley students earned a number of special awards.


District History Day Participants:

Individual Exhibits


Jubilee Cunigan: The Legacy of the Little Rock Nine

Abby Zoll: D-Day: Gateway to the Surrender of Germany

Graycee Carlson: Rosa Parks

Rylee Marcus: Meskwaki: How a Tribe’s Tragic Removal Resulted in Triumph


Group Exhibits

Mackenzie Lambert, Maddie VanSickle: Strong, Free & Educated

Althea Ball, Macie Decker: Let the Trials Begin

Becca Davisson, Caden Konecne, Logan Songer: Taking a Stand

Kyle Johnson, Max Hollman: Otto von Bismarck

Elias Field, Max Lee, Ryan Carter, Ty Barrett: The Battle that Changed the Eastern Front in WWII


Historical Paper

Ethan Buenting: Battle of Gettysburg


Group Websites

Chloe Speck, Alyssa Speck, Sophie Campbell: Helen Hunt Jackson (http://29658891.nhd.weebly.com/)

Eli Johnson, Justin Loseke: Ironman Nile Kinnick (http://15726227.nhd.weebly.com/)

Ethan Ackerson, Michael Eslick, Evan Zeka, Maddox Hanna: Deus Vult! Crusaders Triumph at Antioch (http://20885628.nhd.weebly.com/)


SVMS Students received numerous special awards. Jubilee Cunigan won the award for Outstanding use of Primary Sources for her exhibit the Legacy of the Little Rock Nine. Jubilee heavily relied on the Library of Congress website including their Chronicling America page devoted to digitized newspapers.


The Buena Vista University ROTC chapter recognized Outstanding Entry in Military History. Three SVMS projects were recognized with this award: Abby Zoll received a backpack full of swag. Max Lee, Elias Field and Ryan Carter received T-shirts and water bottles. Evan Zeka, Maddox Hanna, Michael Eslick and Ethan Ackerson also received T-shirts and water bottles.


Jubilee Cunigan’s exhibit, the website created by Chloe Speck, Alyssa Speck and Sophie Campbell’s and Rylee Marcus’ exhibit won the competition in their categories and will be advancing to the state tournament. These students will continue to revise their projects in order to be ready for the state competition on 29th April in Des Moines.



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