When students from across the country assemble in College Park, Maryland for the annual National History Day competition in June, four Waco ISD students will be returning as finalists from Texas for the second year in a row.
The four Waco ISD students (representing three projects) are advancing to the National History Day competition after their research and resulting products were deemed best at the state competition, Texas History Day, held in Austin on April 30, 2016.
For the 2015-2016 history fair competition, all projects explored aspects of the 2016 theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” Competition began locally at the school history fairs last fall. Projects that placed as school winners advanced to the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, which was held in February on the campus of Baylor University, where more than 400 students from 14 counties in fifth- through twelfth-grade competed in three divisions (fifth-grade, junior division and senior division).
Student entries in each division are judged separately at all levels of competition, with the exception of the fifth-grade division, which only includes exhibits and does not advance beyond regionals. There are five project categories: exhibit, historical paper, performance, documentary, and website. All categories except the historical paper may be entered as either an individual or a group of two to five members. Winners taking first- or second- place in each level of competition advance to the next stage.
The following Waco ISD students are advancing to National History Day:
Gloria Conatser, a freshman at Waco High School, won second-place at both the regional and state competitions in the senior individual documentary division for her project entitled, “From Jacob Lawrence to Ella Fitzgerald: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of Art through the Great Migration.”
Brigitte Eichenberg (eighth-grade), and Neal DuPuy (seventh-grade), both students at ATLAS Academy, won first-place at both the regional and state competitions in the junior group performance division for their project entitled, “For the Love of Adventure.”
Harper Hoover, an eighth-grade student at ATLAS Academy, won first-place at both the regional and state history competitions in the junior individual performance division for her project entitled, “Dare to Explore.”
The National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the national contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
The 2016 NHD competition will be held in College Park, Maryland June 12 through 16.