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Local students to compete in National History Day Contest
AREA — Eight students from Hartford, Sumner and Buckfield who participated in a recent History Day competition in Augusta will go on to represent Maine at the national level in June, reported Linda Andrews, RSU 10 gifted and talented enrichment teacher last week.
The 2013 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will take place at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, June 9-13.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program for elementary and secondary school students that occurs annually.
According to Andrews, 16 students, grades 6-11, from Hartford-Sumner Elementary and Buckfield Junior-Senior High School, traveled to Augusta to compete in the statewide National History Day competition April 3.
Twelve of those students took home medals, Andrews said – eight of them received first or second place, qualifying them to compete at the national level. A majority of the students are in the gifted and talented program, Andrews explained.
The theme of this year's competition, according to Andrews, is "Turning Points in History."
According to the NHD website, each year more than half of a million students participate in the nationwide competition.
Students first choose a topic related to the annual theme then conduct extensive primary and secondary research by using information found in libraries, archives and museums, conducting an interview with someone knowledgeable in the topic or visiting an historic site, Andrews explained.
After students have analyzed and interpreted their sources, they decide how to portray their knowledge, whether it be through a research paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website, Andrews said.
"They [students] have an opportunity to think about a turning point [in history] they'd be interested in," Andrews explained.
"The beauty of it is, if it's a kid interested in theater, they can pick a turning point in theater."
"Every kid has a chance to choose something they are interested in, then research it over a period of months."
According to Andrews, the idea of the project is for kids to take ownership of their learning. She said each student is limited to a 10-minute presentation, which is evaluated by professional historians and educators.
Although all students are encouraged to participate in the contest, it is mainly targeted at students "that are really motivated and have the drive," Andrews said.
"It's a lot of extra work," Andrews said, of the project, which she has encouraged students to participate in every year for six years.
Each year approximately 2,400 students along with parents and teachers gather at the University of Maryland for the week-long event, according to the NHD website. Groups from all over the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and even Shanghai, China compete in the event.
"They do incredible things for the kids, while they are down there," Andrews said, of the NHD organizers.
Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest winners receive monetary awards and medals in each category – gold medalists receive $1,000; silver medalists receive $500 and bronze medalists receive $250.
National History Day also recognizes one outstanding entry from each affiliate in the junior and senior divisions, according to the NHD website.
"People talk a lot about mass customized learning these days," Andrews said.
"It's been going on for years in many areas of what we do," she said.
"This is one of those times – where kids get to choose a topic they're interested in and share it in a way that's comfortable for them. And in the process, they get to meet other kids ... with similar interests."
HISTORY BUFFS — Front, from left, Will Ellis, Hannah Shields, Jordyn Bennett, Jenna Doucette, Nathan Cyr. Middle, from left, Hunter White, Kali Litchfield, Laney Randolph, Katie Wescott, Reilley Hicks, Megan Salisbury. Back, from left, teacher Linda Andrews, Norliyana Menes, Simon Burch, Jared Eastman, Brian Casey, Azalea Cormier. The students competed in the National History Day Competition in Augusta on April 3. Eight of them will proceed to the 2013 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Maryland in June.