DOBSON — Surry Community College recently hosted a regional National History Day competition for middle school and high school students, and the winners will advance to the state competition held April 28 in Raleigh.
Surry Community College accommodated more than 150 students in this year’s district competition, which included area schools in northwestern North Carolina. It was the college’s sixth year hosting the event that attracted competitors from Patton High School, Morganton; Atkins High School, Winston-Salem; North Forsyth High School, Winston-Salem; Hendersonville Middle School, Hendersonville; East Iredell Middle School, Statesville; and Classical Scholars, Arden, as well as local schools Surry Early College, Dobson; and Millennium Charter Academy, Mount Airy.
Surry Community College is one of eight statewide district hosts, along with Chowan University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, East Carolina University, Cape Fear Museum, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina State Archives and Western Carolina University.
Richard Shelton, a history instructor at Surry Community College and district coordinator for the competition commented, “It was an extremely successful event with a record number of schools represented and the broadest coverage of categories that we have had in our brief history hosting the event. We had an outstanding group of judges and volunteers that made the contest an excellent experience for all.”
Shelton was all smiles during the event and said it was his favorite day of the year. “I love seeing the kids’ faces light up as they show off their hard work,” he added.
Categories of participation include documentaries, dramatic performances, exhibits, historical papers and website designs, with all but historical papers open to individual or group participation. Participants were assigned a project theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History.”
Local winners in the various categories are as follows: Anna Banas, Meryn Dougherty and Sara Windsor of Millennium Charter Academy placed first in Junior Group Documentary.
Daniel Shinault and David Shinault of Millennium Charter Academy took third in Junior Group Exhibit.
Junior Individual Exhibit winners were: first place, Sophia Kiser of Millennium Charter Academy, and third place, Annika Joyce of Millennium Charter Academy.
Surry Early College’s Matthew Gillespie, Isaac Bledsoe, Cesar Rodriguez and Oscar Ocampo won second in the Senior Group Documentary category, while classmates Jacob Lowe, Jett Midkiff, Juan Santamaria and Nathaniel Whitt won third place.
First place in Senior Group Exhibit went to Paloma Garcia and Abril Sanchez of Surry Early College.
Senior Group Website winners were Alex Urquiza, Jesus Martinez and Eric Soriano of Surry Early College.
Winners in the Senior Individual Documentary are second place, Miguel Paredes of Surry Early College; and third place, Emily Cazarez of Surry Early College.
In Senior Individual Exhibit, Lauren Barker of Surry Early College placed third.
National History Day (NHD) was established in 1974 and offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local, district, and state levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Park Service.
In addition to facilitating the discovery of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success: critical thinking and problem-solving skills; research and reading skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills; self-esteem and confidence; and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.
For more information about getting involved in the National History Day competition, contact Rick Shelton at 336-386-3236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.