Forty students from Kent Mountain View Academy took part in the school-level National History Day event on Jan. 12. Fifteen were selected as regional finalists to represent their school at the regional competition at Green River College on Thursday, March 23.
National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is “Taking A Stand in History.” Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.
The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state and national competitions. At each level of competition, students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they complete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.
Student topics ranged from the role of news during the Vietnam War to the Sepoy Rebellion of 1856. Students were able to interview the chairman of Nintendo of America, as well as the president of Graham Windham, the organization begun by Founding Mother Elizabeth Hamilton among many others.
Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Washington is coordinated by the Washington State Historical Society.