WP Christian School competition
Every year Winter Park Christian School participates in National History Day competition. This year 23 students from 7th through 11th grade compete in different categories. National History Day is part of WPCS history curriculum that takes our students to a regional competition. This year the competition was held at UNC in Greeley. Those who win 1st through 3rd in their category at Regionals go on to the Colorado State competition in Denver on April 30th at the University of Colorado Denver on the Auraria Campus, and then on to Washington DC 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 “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History”. 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 web site, or a performance. After a topic is chosen the research begins. Students explored many sources for research, including a visit to our local libraries and the Denver Public Library where they each had an appointment with a research librarian, who helped pull 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.
Nine of WPCS students made it to the State competition.
Will Kuhns – 1st place project board – From Clocks to Holocaust to Healing: Corrie Ten Boom
Ellen Osborne – 2nd place documentary – Sir Francis Drake: Pirating for God and His Country
Willow Fisher – 3rd place website – Marco Polo: Fiction or Reality
Naomi Ammon – 3rd place project board – Yellowstone for All: Ferdinand Hayden – 1871 Hayden Expedition
Juliette Linke – 1st place project board – Allan Pinkerton: A Man of Firsts
Cassie Freed – 1st place research paper – No Paine, No Gain: Influences from an English American on the Sunshine Patriots
Isaac Matson – 1st place live performance – Banastre Tarleton: Encountering Adversity, Riding to Victory
Katelyn Freed – 2nd place website – David Bushnell’s Turtle and His Exploration into Underwater Warfare
Jess Miller – 2nd place documentary – Encounter and Exchange: The Ulster Scots’ Impact on American Music
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