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May 2, 2011
Local students garner honors at California History Day

CHD.JPGAt this past weekend's state competition in San Jose, a Folsom student earned a place at the National History Day contest to be held at the University of Maryland next month. Three other Sacramento County students were runners up.

National History Day is a chance for young scholars to show off their research, analytical and writing skills in one of six media: as a 2-dimensional display, paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or web site. Students ranging in age from 4th to 12th grade pick a topic related to the annual theme, which this year is "Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences."

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who visited the state competition on Saturday, observed: "National History Day is a fantastic program. I experienced deep learning and bright students with wonderful creativity. This is the way to learn history, by making it come to life. As a teacher and history major, I was delighted with the excited projects produced by these motivated students."

The road to Maryland started in March at the Sacramento County History Day event held at Rosemont High School. Those who qualified were eligible to compete at the state finals in San Jose. Kudos to all who participated. And a special congratulations to Sierra Wentz of Vista del Lago High School in Folsom whose entry on Hetch Hetchy won the senior paper category.

Elementary Group 2-Dimensional Display, Runner-Up
The Hetch-Hetchy Debate: Yosemite's Beauty At Risk
Leigh F. Robinson & Delaney G. Roybal, Sutterville Elementary School

Junior Individual Exhibit, Runner-Up
The Rages of Shays Rebellion
Rhian Harris, Sam Brannan Middle School

Senior Paper, Champion
Temples in the Heart of Man: The Debate over the Highest Use of Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Legislation Involved
Sierra Wentz, Vista del Lago High School

Local news release
State news release

PHOTO CREDIT: A full day of competition continues in the exhibit hall as judges speak with students about their display boards in San Jose, April 29, 2011. Courtesy National History Day California.

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

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Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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