I love the National History Day program. If you don’t know it, it’s an academic competition where students create exhibits, documentaries, presentations, websites, or papers showcasing their historical inquiry. Competitions happen at the school, region, state, and national levels; you can read about it on the NHD website. My first exposure came as a judge for the Southwest Regional Competition, and I was impressed by the level of student research, delighted by the students’ enthusiasm surrounding the competition, and encouraged by a program that connects young people with community members interested in their studies. Just a few short years later, I find myself joining teachers Irene Soohoo and Michelle Annett in putting the regional competition together.
The 2011 Southwest Washington Regional Competition will be held Saturday, February 26, at Wy’East Middle School in Vancouver. If you’re a teacher planning on entering students, please read these instructions carefully. If you’re not entering students, I strongly encourage you to join us as a judge by registering here. On the second page, be sure to look for the “Don’t have a username and password?” link. You won’t regret it – even if it does land you with additional duties a few years down the line.