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 "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." 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 2013 competition, Sacramento County History Day, was completed last Saturday at Inderkum High School. Regional entries ranged from Joan of Arc to Rosie the Riveter, from the Renaissance to Sputnik. Students who qualified at this level earned the opportunity to attend California History Day, scheduled for April 26-28 at Sacramento's Red Lion/Woodlake Hotel.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in Sacramento History Day.
PHOTO CREDIT: Forrest Jensen of Toby Johnson Middle School plays President Harry Truman in a skit called "The Tragedy and Triumph of the Atomic Bomb" at the 25th Annual Sacramento County History Day. 2007 Sacramento Bee photograph by Autumn Payne