National History Day is a year-long competition in the area of historical research, writing and analysis (sort of history's equivalent of a science fair for primary and secondary school students around the country). Contestants who qualify at the regional level go on to compete at state gatherings where winners are chosen for the national competition.
This year's NHD theme is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. Students choose a related event from local, state, national or world history and present their research in one of six formats: 2-D display, documentary video, exhibit, paper, performance or website.
The first leg of the 2012 competition, Sacramento County History Day, was completed last Saturday at Rosemont High School. Regional entries ranged from California's Proposition 98 to the Treaty of Versailles, from the Black Death to Walt Disney. Students who qualified at this level have the opportunity to attend California History Day, scheduled for April 27-29 in Riverside.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in Sacramento History Day!
PHOTO CREDIT: Ashleen Kishore, left, Nazeela Sabir and Khanh Nguyen of Valley High won 2nd place ("The Flu Kills 20 Million") in the Senior Group Exhibit at the National History Day competition in Washington D.C. in 2007. Sacramento Bee photograph by Michael Allen Jones.