Congratulations on the academic achievements of the Storm Lake History Day students and their teacher, Roberta Moore. The success of these students at the Iowa national History Day contest meant they were eligible to participate in the national competition in Washington, D.C., June 15-19.
Although one million students across the U.S. were involved in history projects, only 2,000 students advanced to the national competition. It was an honor and a great opportunity for them to share their research with other students and to experience the history associated with our nation's capital.
National History Day is a nationally acclaimed, academic enrichment program promoting the study of history in schools. Students create exhibits, documentaries, performances and papers about a topic related to the theme.
This year's theme was "Rights and Responsibilities in History."
Erin Taphorn made the journey a bit early to Washington, D.C. for the 2003 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Ceremony, held at the Kennedy Center on June 14.
The ceremony was hosted by actress and comedian Ana Gasteyer, and included special video messages from Senator Hilliary Clinton, Marcia Gay Harden and Whoopi Goldberg.
Taphorn received an America Vision Award, which highlights the broad geographical scope, spectrum and diversity of students represented by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Each regional program of the awards nominated the five most outstanding works of art and writing from their Gold Key winners to represent their region on the national level as American Visions nominees.