Students compete in National History Day
April 7, 2015
Every other year Winter Park Christian School's Junior High students participate in National History Day.
National History Day is a year-long part of WPCS history curriculum that takes our students to a regional competition at Soroco High School, and those who win 1-3 in their category at Regionals go on to the Colorado State competition May 2 on the University of Colorado Denver at the Auraria Campus, and then on to Washington, D.C., for those who win at the state level.
Over 700,000 students participate nationwide, from public, private and home school.
Students choose a topic related to an annual theme. This year's theme was "Leadership and Legacy." NHD teaches students skills integrating history, English, logic and research. They use creativity and hone their presentation skills. Students choose a medium such as: a paper, an exhibit, a documentary, a website, or a performance. After a topic is chosen the research begins. Students explored many sources for research, including a visit to the Denver Public Library where they each had an appointment with a research librarian, who had pulled research for them on their personal topic.
Students must use primary and secondary resources and be able to identify reliable sources. Coming up with a really strong thesis statement can be especially challenging. All mediums except original paper require a process paper and an annotated bibliography. After the creative part is done participants are interviewed by the judges.
Four students from WPCS created exhibits, one student made a documentary, and one wrote an original paper. Two of the students made it to the State competition (James Matson for his exhibit on Winston Churchill and Eli Osborne for his documentary on Alvin York). We are very proud of the effort put in by all of our students.