History education is the cornerstone of a quality education. National History Day is an education organization that is transforming the way history is taught and learned.
National History Day is an exciting way to understand history and explore the past. Students create imaginative exhibits, original performances, documentaries, and papers related to an annual NHD theme.
All types of students participate in NHD - public, private, parochial, and home-school students; urban, suburban and rural students, students of varying abilities, and students with special needs.
Students compete at their appropriate age groups first at the local level followed by district, state and some even move on to national levels. The students participate in individual or group competition and have the choice of presenting their information as a documentary, exhibit, paper or performance.
Each year a different topic is selected. This year's theme was, "Conflict and Compromise in History."
Most students who participate in History Day come up with their projects right after school starts. The projects are most often worked on during the students' own time.
Kristi Davis, Storm Lake High School, will move on to nationals with her Individual Documentary - Senior Division. "Safe Haven: Dealing With Conflicts in Europe While Searching for Compromise in America" following state competition held May 5.
She also received a Judges' Choice Award for musical adaptation - which she used a recording of "Ashokan Farewell" performed by the Storm Lake High School Orchestra. Kristi is registered independently and is not sponsored through the high school. Her advisor is Roberta Moore, who retired from teaching and serving as the school's National History Day advisor two years ago but has continued to be very much available for those students wishing for her assistance in their National History Day projects.
Kristi will be advancing to the National History Day Competition in Washington DC June 15-19.
Two Concordia students made history this year in the district History Day competition March 8 at Iowa Lakes Community College, under the direction of Roberta Moore.
Seventh grader Emily Johnson and eighth grader Taylor Friesen are the first students to represent Concordia Lutheran School in the History Day program.
Emily and Taylor created a documentary on the Radium Girls for their project. The Radium Girls were five young women who sued their former employer, the U.S. Radium Corporation, in 1925, after developing radium poisoning and were dyiing.
Emily and Taylor's project explains the conflict between the girls and the corporation, the court case that resulted and the compromise that was finally reached.
Their project advanced to the state History Day competition April 28 in Des Moines.
Albert City-Truesdale sixth graders Gus Loving, Evan Balder, Mallory Bjork, and Gloria Jensen, participated in State History Day in Des Moines on April 28. Their group documentary entitled "School Consolidation in Iowa: Conflict and Compromise" placed in the top six overall, and received the Country Schoolhouse Heritage Award, presented to a group or individual that used preserved country schools in their research or has a topic related to one-room school house history. This award was sponsored by the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance.