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Getting Ready for National History Day

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By D L Ennis

That is what our educational system has to encourage.
It has to foster the social goals of living together, and
working together, for the common good.

Julius Kambarage Nyerere 1922-, Tanzanian president

Remembering 9/11…

It’s time to put aside our differences and think of the children!

Every year, I am fortunate enough to be asked by a history professor, from whom I have taken three semesters of history, to participate as a judge in a local competition sponsored by the National History Foundation. I cannot tell you how rewarding it is.

The local competition encompasses a fifty mile radius of Lynchburg Virginia. High schools and junior high schools from every county within the fifty mile limit will be sending every child that wants to participate in the competition. There are two divisions based on school grades, (Junior Division-grades 6, 7, and 8) (Senior Division-grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.) Categories include Performances, Documentaries, Exhibits, and Papers.

Local competitions are usually held in April with the National competition held in June.

The students are bright, enthusiastic, and determined. They are held to a tight set of rules that involve research, both online and in written text, they must cite their sources within the proper format, and avoid plagiarism. They are required to keep within the framework of a given theme—the 2005-2006 theme is, Taking a Stand in History: People. They must adequately explain their topic’s relationship to the theme and significance in history. Also, in addition to providing basic information about their topics, the entries must draw conclusions about significance.

If you are interested in participating in the Local, state and, or national competitions you can contact:

You can visit their website, http://www.nationalhistoryday.org for more information. If there is no local competition in your area, try and bring one their by working with NHD. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to acquire skills and new knowledge that are not offered in school. It is an opportunity for college students, teachers, and other interested individuals to work with some of the brightest students, while performing a public service. If you are a perspective college student or are already in college this is an opportunity to help beef-up your undergraduate, or graduate, college applications.

Help to spread this wonderful opportunity for our nation’s children!


D L Ennis

National History Day
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University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Telephone: (301) 314-9739

E-mail: national.historyday@umail.urnd.edu

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