National History Day
Stella Maris Academy Students Excel at the National History Day® Contest
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chase Baumgarten and Colin McShane, 6th grade students at Stella Maris Academy in Duluth Minnesota recently competed in the National History Day Contest, held at the University of Maryland, college Park in the Washington, D.C. area, June 10-14. They were awarded 1st place in the Group
Exhibit, Junior Division.
The 2018 theme for the contest was Conflict & Compromise in History. Chase and Colin joined more than half a million students globally who completed projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Chase and Colin created an exhibit titled The US Government vs the Reserve Mining
Company a Compromise of Pollution and Industry.
After completing a project, students compete in a series of contests beginning at the local level. The top students in all 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and international schools are given the opportunity to attend the National Contest.
“The work students put into these projects is astounding,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “To make it to the National Contest is a remarkable achievement. Less than 1% of all projects make it to this level. It requires a superb level of research and critical thinking skills. I am confident we will continue to see great things from all of these students because the skills learned through competing in NHD help prepare students for success in college and career.”
More than 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the students’ work at the national competition. $150,000 in scholarships were awarded at the national awards ceremony and more than 100 students took home cash prizes between $250 and $1,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.
About National History Day® (NHD): NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney
Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.