Students throughout the Westerville City School District competed at this year’s National History Day (NHD) District 6 competition held on Saturday, March 1. Competitors conducted research as individuals and teams based on the theme, “Rights and Responsibilities,” which led to the creation of historical papers, original performances, documentaries, creative exhibits and imaginative websites.
Advancing to the State contest are:
- Blendon Middle School – Natalie Reichert, Balancing Happiness and Responsibilities: Hippies and LSD.
- Genoa Middle School – Madison Seabury, Booker T. Washington: Outlining the Rights and Responsibilities of Newly Freed African Americans; Alexander Drexel and Samuel Robinson, Haitian Revolution; Molly Bloor, Nikita Nair and Noah Ring, Brown v. Board of Education: A Beacon of Hope for Young African Americans; Annie Tran, Internet Censorship; and Caylee Campagna, Mia Requejo, and Ilayda Sen, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.
- Heritage Middle School – Lily Miller and Chioma Nwomeh, Title IX.
- Walnut Springs Middle School – Nya Olmstead, Out of a Mountain of Despair, A Stone of Hope; Devin Smith, “Buses Are A-Comin” 1961 Freedom Riders; and Emma Best, Indian Removal: The Trail That Led to Tears.
- Westerville North High School – Matthew Doel, Westerville, Ohio – Danger on the Home Front (a project about Kilgore, a munitions factory in Westerville during World War II.)
The Ohio National History Day statewide Competition takes place April 26 at The Ohio State University with Nationals to follow on June 15-19, at the University of Maryland.
National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s children are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.