National History Day (NHD) is an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative, and cooperative learning. During the 2015-2016 academic year, students were invited to explore the theme "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange" in History. This theme was broad enough in scope to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history and across any geographic area or time period. Students were asked to consider this theme an invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find examples in history of when people took a risk and made a change.
All eighth grade students at St. Timothy School participated in History Day, under the guidance of social studies teacher Mr. David Miller. Historians, educators and professionals in related fields evaluated students' work, and those with projects that earned a "Superior" rating were given the opportunity to move on to events at the regional, state, and national level. This year, 7 St. Timothy students presented their work at the Regional History Fair at Ohio Wesleyan University on March 12, and four earned scores high enough to move on to the State History Fair on April 30, also at Ohio Wesleyan.
Congratulations to Regional History Fair participants Chiara Baker, Hayley Douridas, Amy Emswiler, Maria Lamb, Katie O'Connell, Annie Silleck, and Aubrey Swart. Congratulations to State History Fair participants Amy Emswiler, Maria Lamb, Annie Silleck, and Aubrey Swart.