History comes alive for students preparing for National History Day
Jennifer Hall’s history classes have decided to participate in the National Historical Day Contest. It is run much like the science fairs, but the contestant’s oral presentation is even more important than in the science fair - with narrative presentation of the historical concept and questioning from the judges.
The class applied for a grant to help them prepare for the contest and were rewarded with a digital camera, a color printer, ten presentation boards and office equipment for making the presentations look professional. The topics are impressive, and the contestants have been working on Fridays since November 1. The participants are Eleanor Ludwig, Caitlyn Dieckman, Janet Olaleye, Amanda Rees, Addison Aragon and Nathaniel Copley.
Eleanor Ludwig is doing her presentation on “Bleeding Kansas,” a Civil War topic. Caitlyn Dieckman’s project is entitled “Truman and the Atomic Bomb,” but she is interested in all our nation’s wars since World War II also, including the Cold War. Janet Olaleye is interested in Civil Rights, but she is honing in on Jordan Baker, a world-famous flapper who was a black woman. Amanda Rees is interested in the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Addison Aragon and Nathaniel Copley are working on the Transcontinental Railroad.
They will have a local contest, then a regional, culminating with the national if they are so fortunate as to win the beginning and regional contests. The contests take place in the early spring. Whatever the competitive outcome, they will all be winners because of their experience in researching a topic.