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History Day Project at North Junior High

February 27, 2017 
 
What is National History Day?
 
National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. History Day teaches students to conduct in-depth research, use primary and secondary sources, read a variety of texts, analyze and synthesize information, write and present historical content -- basically the work of a historian!
 
History Day At North Junior High:
 
History Day students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic, and develop their research into one of five presentation categories: research paper, exhibit, documentary, performance or website. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state and national levels.
 
This year's theme is "Taking A Stand In History." Our students have run away with it and done a fantastic job!
 
North Junior High Students shared their projects in our first "History Day Museum Walk-Through" the week of Feb. 22-24. Exhibits were on display and websites were linked to QR codes and arranged according to theme. The media center was open to anyone who wanted to view projects. The students even created a scavenger hunt through Google Forms that helped others navigate the walk-through.
 
Central Region Qualifiers:
 
Student projects were graded on three criteria: Historical Quality (60%), Relation to Theme (20%) and Clarity of Presentation (20%). Students who scored highest in these three categories were chosen to move on to the Central Region History Day Competition at St. Cloud State on March 18.
 
We are excited to announce the North students that will move on to the Central Regional Competition:
  • Individual Exhibit Category: 
    • Mark Schiller: "Jackie Robinson" 
    • Reese Vanderwerf: "The Legacy of George Washington"
    • Delayna Ennen: "Zitkala Sa"

  • Group Exhibit Category:
    • Kristin Angeles, Trisha Bui, Andrea Bustillos-Chavez, and Emma McCort: "Amelia Bloomer"
    • Nimo Abdi, Halima Abdullah, and Amal Mahamed: "The Great March On Washington"
    • Kaliyah Brown and Kris Becker: "Birth of A Nation"

  • Individual Website:
    • Josie Hamre: "Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator"
    • Sasha Kuhl: "Washington and The American Revolution"
    • Mahamed Mahamed: "The Integration of College Basketball"

  • Group Website:
    • Lizzz Krause and Faiza Ahmed: "Ira Hayes and the Navajo Code Talkers"
    • Abdimalik Abdi, Abdinajib Abdi, Roda Nur, Fardowsa Jimale: "Muhammad Ali"
    • Theo Rieland, Deniz Vrsevci, and Elijah Doyamo: "Desmond Doss"
These students will move on to Central Regions to have their projects judged along with other similar projects on March 18 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Atwood Center on St. Cloud State University campus. This event is open to the public.
 
Those who qualify will move on to the State History Day Competition on April 29 at the University of Minnesota. State winners will move on to Nationals in Washington D.C. in June.