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East student Nico Krause and teacher Mrs. Resnek selected to attend competitive Normandy Institute

STEM collage of photos Nicolas( (Nico) Krause, rising junior at DEHS, and East teacher Mrs. Ellen Resnek have been selected to attend the The Albert H. Small Normandy Institute this summer. This highly competitive Institute selects only 15 teacher/student teams from across the country. The Institute is an intensive program to learn about the D-Day Campaign of 1944 and the sacrifices made by young Americans to defeat tyranny. 

They will begin studying World War II and the Normandy Campaign in January by reading materials provided by the Institute and participating in online discussions of those materials supervised by Institute staff from The George Washington University. From June 20 through July 2, 2020, they will travel to the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for a series of lectures and activities to deepen their understanding of elements of the conflict. Finally, they will participate in a “staff-ride” (army-speak for a participatory educational tour led by GW professors) of many of the sites that played a role in the Normandy Campaign in France. Nico will be called upon to present a briefing concerning some element of the campaign at the appropriate site.

As a capstone to the Institute, Nico and Mrs. Resnek will select a member of the United States Armed Forces who participated in the Normandy Campaign and gave his or her life in the effort to liberate France, to prevent the spread of the fascist tyranny imposed by Nazi Germany, and to preserve our liberty. They will then, with assistance from the Institute staff, learn about that service member’s life and write a biography of that soldier. The culmination of the Staff Ride will be an opportunity for the student member of each team to present a eulogy for their hometown hero while standing by his graveside in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer. The biography prepared by Nico and Mrs. Resnek will be deposited in the Archive of the Normandy American Cemetery.