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More than 700 students to compete in State Historical Society of Iowa’s National History Day in Iowa State Contest

Posted April 29, 2015 in Web Exclusives

More than 700 students from 110 schools across the state will gather in Des Moines on May 4 to compete in the State Historical Society of Iowa’s (SHSI) National History Day (NHD) in Iowa State Contest. Comparable to a massive statewide science fair, the National History Day in Iowa State Contest will be held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

MEDIA IS WELCOME TO ATTEND AND COVER THE EVENT

·         Follow students from your community as they compete for a state championship

·         Enjoy numerous photo opportunities of students and educators in action

·         See attached photo of awards ceremony from a previous year


WHAT: More than 700 Iowa students grades 6-12 (Junior Division grades 6-8; Senior Division grades 9-12; and a non-competitive Youth Division that helps prepare students in grades 4-5 for NHD competition in future years) will gather at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center to compete in the National History Day in Iowa State Contest.

WHEN: May 4, 2015 – Competition begins at 9 a.m. (Best photo opp during Awards Ceremony, 4:30-5:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 730 3rd Street in Des Moines
AWARDS CEREMONY SPEAKERS: Governor Terry Branstad and State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer

BACKGROUND

·         National History Day is an academic enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy in History.”

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·         Each year, Iowa students compete in the National History Day in Iowa Senior Division (grades 9-12) Junior Division (grades 6-8) at school and district levels, with winners at each level advancing to the NHD in Iowa state contest. Students in grades 4-5 participate in a non-competitive Youth Division that prepares them for NHD competition in future years.



·         State winners from both divisions will advance to the 2015 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 14-18, 2015 at the University of Maryland where they will compete against nearly 3,000 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and international schools in China, Korea and South Asia for scholarships and prizes.



·         Students work individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five to compete in a variety of categories, including historical papers, and individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites.

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·         In addition to discovering the world of the past, NHD helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:


o    critical thinking and problem-solving skills

o    research and reading skills

o    oral and written communication and presentation skills

o    self-esteem and confidence

o    a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process



STORY IDEAS

·         Interview students about the influence Iowa native and Civil Rights activist Patti Miller had on their projects.

o    In October 2014, Miller shared with National History Day students her experiences working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the time she spent in Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964.



·         Interview the best and brightest history students in Iowa about their topics and projects.

o    What did they learn?

o    How does the past impact present-day Iowa



·         Interview the educators who guide the students through this program

o    Contact the State Historical Society of Iowa to connect with educators in your area who have students participating in NHD in Iowa

o    How does this program help to prepare students for college?

o    What are some of the surprising stories or bonds that teachers share with their students/parents?



·         Council Bluffs Middle School teacher Deb Masker has been selected as one of National History Day’s 2015-2016 Behring Teacher Ambassadors

o    What does that mean for her, her program and her students?



·         Last year, Iowa had two teachers, Kathy Paul from Johnston Middle School and Suzan Turner from Nashua-Plainfield High School, selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors

o    What have their experiences been over the past year?

o    How did that experience impact their day-to-day approach to teaching history students?



·         Interview the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Katie Craven and/or Millie Frese about the National History Day experience

o    What is like to coordinate a statewide annual program that impacts so many Iowa students?

o    What are the program’s benefits for Iowa education, educators, students and their families?


The NHD program in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org
<http://www.iowahistory.org/> or by contacting Katie Craven at 515-725-0506 or katie.craven@iowa.gov <mailto:katie.craven@iowa.gov> .





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