National History Day is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland. Each year National History Day selects a broad theme which students use as a springboard from which to select a topic from anywhere in the world and any time period. The topic may be of family, local, state, national or world importance. Students then research to explain the topic’s relationship to the theme. Students choose to compete in the area of research paper, performance, exhibit, website or documentary. Students in public, private, parochial, and home school are all encouraged to participate. The program concludes in the Spring with regional, state, and national competitions; through which students may earn scholarships.
Students definitely hone their writing, research and critical thinking abilities as they work on their project. Success builds confidence and helps prepare students for life in our increasingly complex world.
The theme for 2020-2021 is: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.
Guidebooks and more information are readily available.
Go to: www.history.idaho.gov/nhdi/
You may also contact Johanna Bringhurst, National History Day in Idaho, (208) 780-5191, firstname.lastname@example.org
The national website is www.nhd.org
Please also contact Johanna if you would like more information as a teacher, mentor or if you would have an interest in becoming a volunteer.
As you exercise your right and responsibility to vote by casting your ballot this Fall you may receive a commemorative “I Voted” sticker which celebrates the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage. Phil McGrane, Ada County Clerk, proposed and the Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks sponsored a competition for this last November. There were over 100 entries received from all over the state. The winning design was created by Kuna High student, Samantha Robson.