Aldine ISD Students Win at National History Day Competition

Aldine ISD Students Win at National History Day Competition
Posted on 06/17/2018

History Day Winners

The AISD students were the only winners from Texas at the 2018 national competition.

Aldine ISD has a long tradition of success in National History Day® (NHD), with students advancing in varying categories to district and state competitions as well as advancing and winning at the national contest. This year was no different. A team from Nimitz HS brought home third place.

The Nimitz HS group comprised by Raymundo Barrera, Roland Reyes, Abigail Tack, Isaiah Thomas and Héctor Torres. They brought home the bronze medal with their project “The Chamizal Dispute: A Century of Conflict.”

The award-winning Nimitz HS team also received the distinct honor to represent Texas for a display at the Smithsonian American History Museum during NHD 2018. As museum visitors examined the exceptional NHD exhibit, the Nimitz students who created it were present to share this important part of Texas history with visitors to the Smithsonian. Only seven Texas students — including Raymundo, Roland, Abigail, Isaiah and Héctor — were invited to present their NHD entries at one of three events in the nation’s capitol.

Mary Katherine Marshall, director of education services for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), is proud of the Texas students. TSHA sponsors Texas History Day.

“We are proud of these students who represented our state at the national contest,” said Marshall. “The Texas students who earned these honors have developed outstanding entries and superior presentation skills. The Members of Congress and the public were impressed with the students’ knowledge and depth of perception in showcasing historical events and people.”

The District had 24 students advance to nationals (click to read story). Five of the individual and group projects were from Nimitz HS. Their teacher is Barbi Petty.

Carver HS, Eisenhower HS, Grantham Academy and MacArthur HS also had students competing in the national contest.

More than a half-million students around the world entered the 2018 NHD contest at the local level, with the top entries advancing to state/affiliate contests.

This year, more than 3,000 students from around the world competed at the national level.

The journey to the National Contest is arduous. First, students spend months researching and preparing projects related to the 2018 theme, Conflict & Compromise in History. They then compete in local contests, with top entries moving on to one of 57 affiliate member competitions held in every state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, China, Korea, and South Asia. The top two entries in each category were invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park. More than 3,000 middle and high school students presented documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites.

“The competitors at this level are some of the hardest working students of their generation,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The competition at this level is tough. Each of these students has spent hours researching, revising, and preparing their entries. It takes a truly dynamic project to win at the National Contest. Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 National History Day Contest.”

Visit the NHD website (click here) to see the full list of winners.

Numerous awards were granted to students, including the following:

  • Students competing at NHD 2018 parade to showcase schools and the state they represent.
  • First-place entries in the junior and senior division’s five categories of documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and website were given the title, “National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholar” and received a $1,000 award sponsored by NEH.
  • Second and third-place entries in all categories received $500 and $250, respectively. Two entries from each NHD affiliate received an “Outstanding Affiliate Entry” award sponsored by the National Park Service.
  • More than two dozen special awards were presented for topics ranging from African American History to World War I. Sponsored by organizations from around the country, they were presented to outstanding entries in any category and range in value from $250 to $2,500.
  • Three senior participants received full or partial scholarships from Case Western Reserve University, Chaminade University in Honolulu, and the University of Maryland. University representatives chose these awards.

Did you know this fact? — The 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report found that only 18 percent of eighth graders across the country were proficient in U.S. History and only 23 percent in American Civics.

The national competition took place at the University of Maryland College Park. In addition to the competition, National History Day worked with museums and organizations in the Washington, D.C. metro area to create NHD Explore (NHDx). This series of programs during the weeklong contest allows students to further their love and learning of history. Selected students were given the opportunity to present their exhibits at the National Museum of American History (The Nimitz HS students were among the ones chosen.) and screen their documentaries at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Thousands of students also received free passes to a number of museums around the area.

Students can start planning their projects for next year. The NHD 2019 theme is Triumph & Tragedy in History.

Congratulations to the winners and everyone who advanced to nationals!