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Five students from Los Alamos Middle School participated in the recent National History Day regional competitions and each one placed in his or her category! All five students are moving on to compete again at the statewide competition to be April 25 in Albuquerque.
The National History Day competitions allow several different types of entries including websites, documentaries, papers, performances, or exhibits. Each entry is thoroughly researched and reflects the theme this year, which is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
Thomas Chadwick, Zoe Hemez, and Miriam Wallstrom traveled to Farmington to compete in the Northern New Mexico region in February. Chadwick took first place with his website on D-Day, Hemez took third place with her website on the making of the atomic bomb, and Wallstrom took first place with her documentary on the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.
Antonio Dowdy and Ruby Selvage competed in the Central New Mexico region in Albuquerque in March. Dowdy placed second with his paper on the American concentration camps, and Selvage took first with her exhibit on animal rights.
Each LAMS student now spends time improving his or her project before the statewide competition. If they win the first or second place at this event they are eligible to compete at the national competition in College Park, Maryland in June.
Judges at the National History Day events are local historians, librarians and educators who assess a student’s entry, as well as a process paper saying how and why they chose the subject they did, and an extensive annotated bibliography.
Skills that are practiced include critical thinking and problem-solving, research and reading, oral presentations and written communication, self-esteem and confidence.
Students gain a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.