At 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
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.