After months of intensive research and success at the regional contest in Iowa City and the state contest in Des Moines, Rachel Bohnenkamp an 8th grader at Excelsior Middle School advanced on to the National level and presented her project, a website, “Betty Friedan: Changing the Rights and Responsibilities of Women” at the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest, held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area in June.
Each fall over half a million students worldwide begin the year-long National History Day (NHD) program, competing in a series of history contests in their local schools, regions and states. The top students in each category are selected for participation in the national contest. Participating students choose their own topics of study and research from original sources based on the theme, Rights and Responsibilities. NHD students research historic documents and artifacts, conduct oral histories, search the Internet for information on their topics, and travel to historic sites. They present their work in a variety of ways, by creating exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, or historical research papers.
“Every student who enters a National History Day contest is a winner for the skills they gain during their participation,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The work these kids do is truly remarkable, and those who reach the national level are engaging in research and critical thinking ... more