As an eighth grader at Helix Middle School, Camryn Flerchinger developed a strong interest in history.
Helix teacher Tim Kahl served as Camryn’s eighth grade history teacher. “(Camryn) would always come up (to me) and be like “Oh, Mr. Kahl, did you know about this?” and I’m like, she really is interested in history,” said Kahl.
Constantly searching for answers and events in history has helped ignite this passion that Camryn has for history.
Camryn was first introduced to history by Robert Hart, who is her grandfather. One day, while at her grandfather’s house, Camryn became bored and noticed a bunch of books that was in her Grandparent’s house. She took a book of the shelf and started to read it. The book was titled “A Dark History: Kings and Queens of Europe.” She read about figures of royalty who were corrupted, and this spiked that historical interest that was not yet discovered.
History wasn’t always an interest of Camryn’s. In fact, it was in Mr. Kahl’s history class that Camryn continued to delve into this passion that was growing inside of her. History first just started out as a class that she understood, but with the guidance and the knowledge of Mr. Kahl, the understanding that had once been only for a grade became something much more. It became a calling.
These days, Camryn has found a deep reverence for not just the class, but the topic as well. “History is actually very important to the world. It helps you to get a different aspect of life,” said Camryn.
Following her passion, Camryn dreams of one day becoming an investigative historian.
An investigative historian, or a history detective, usually uses forensic science and tries to uncover the unanswered questions that arise in history. “It would just be really fun, and when you find (the answers to those mysteries) it makes you feel really impressed with yourself and excited knowing that you did something like that,” said Camryn .
With a love for history and a desire to find answers to the unsolved historical mysteries, Camryn was already getting a head start in the eighth grade.“She did a lot of her own investigating with our history book just for fun. Doing that in 8th grade is unheard of, so for her to be doing that (becoming a history detective) would be a really good goal. Digging through old history texts and learning about people from the past, she would really enjoy that,” Mr. Kahl explained.
Camryn Flerchinger has a deep passion for history. Becoming a history detective or investigative historian would prove a wise career choice for Camryn to pursue. While many give little thought to the past, to Camryn, history is part of her future, and “Just a fun way to look at the world.”