Students to Participate in History Day
More than 175 students from 20 schools will be participating in Vermont History Day in April. This year, Barre’s Spaulding High School will be filled with projects related to the national theme “Turning Points in History.” For 30 years, the Vermont Historical Society has coordinated Vermont History Day (VHD), a statewide competition affiliated with National History Day (NHD), and provided support for teachers and students over the course of the school year.
Students have spent the school year researching topics and creating projects ranging from a website about the translation of the Rosetta Stone to a documentary about the evolution of jazz music. Other students will present research about the history of cultural diversity at Burlington High School.
Vermont History Day will be held on April 6 at Spaulding High School. Vermont Historical Society’s VHD coordinator Victoria Hughes says, “This contest helps students develop critical thinking, problem-solving skills, communication skills, self-esteem and confidence. History Day is a remarkable way for students demonstrate their new knowledge about significant turning points in history.”
Individual students or groups research a topic in local, state, national, or international history that falls under an annual theme chosen by NHD. Vermont students in grades 5-12 or home study students ages 10-18 can participate. Work can be presented as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or web site, and projects are judged by a team of dedicated and qualified volunteers. Judges evaluate projects based on historical quality, relation to theme, and clarity of presentation. Some projects will qualify for National History Day, which takes place in June in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit www.vermonthistory.org/historyday for more information, or call Victoria Hughes at (802) 828- 1413.