National History Day Theme – Taking A Stand In History

Eyes In The Northwest

img_0028Although National History Day kicks off in September, current competition is proceeding to the state contest in Washington State this Saturday. I was honored to participate as a preparatory judge today in Pasco, Washington. Subjects were selected by these young adults to research and detail their position. I found my group of 9th and 10th graders, widely diverse not without some controversy but, deeply dedicated to full knowledge, well sourced, and passionate about their subject.

One student came with no paper but was spot on with delivery and excellent when queried. Another student brought report, notes, and a full power point display. Both students were equally impressive. The subjects ranged from Bloody Sunday to Miep Gies to Abbie Hoffman and anything and everything in between. These young Americans gave me hope that the last eight years have not stupefied all of the youth in the USA but maybe leaned a whole…

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