Sacramento County History Day is history. I really enjoyed helping to judge the competition last Saturday. The sophistication of entries varied to be sure. But given the hard work that went into each project (not to mention the courage to face a panel of judges), in my mind every student was a winner. Check out The Bee's coverage of the live performance category.
The county event was the first tier in the 2011 National History Day contest. Those who qualified will go to the state competition to be held in San Jose starting April 28. From there, an elite group of California students will attend the national finals at the University of Maryland, June 12-16. See the attached list of Sacramento County winners.
This year's contest theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. It's a broad concept which invites students to think deeply about great issues and diplomatic turning points. Local entries covered a range of topics: Native American boarding schools, Cuban Missile Crisis, Salem witch trials, nuclear nonproliferation, integration in baseball, Hetch-Hetchy dam and much more. Students explored these subjects in six categories: 2-dimensional display, documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and web site.
PHOTO CREDIT: Beth Self portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist and social reformer during the 2001 Sacramento County History Day at CSUS. Sacramento Bee / Hector Amezcua