Ohio History Days – Cleveland, Delaware
On Saturday, March 15, Compatriot Doug Dechert represented The Western Reserve Society SAR at the National History Day contest for the greater Cleveland area (District 3). The theme this year is “Leadership & Legacy in History”. The projects can be in the form of posters, papers, documentary, performances and web sites at both the Junior High and Senior High levels. The winners and runner-ups advance to the Ohio contest on April 25th in Columbus. Doug, estimate that 300 students submitted projects for the contest. This is the 15th year WRSSAR has participated.
Compatriot Dechert awarded two cash prizes on behalf of WRSSAR. The second place prize was for a poster about Paul Revere. WRS’s 1st place prize winner was for a website about “The House that George Built”. The website gives an insight about Washington’s opinion about an appropriate home for the president of a democracy. This project which was created by three middle school students also took 1st place in its category in the History Day contest.
WRSSAR compatriot’s Gil True, Bill Lenz and John Bourne attended and were judges for the Early Settlers Association special prizes.
On Saturday, March 28, Compatriot Steve Kelley of the General Henry Knox Chapter SAR served as a judge at the Central Ohio (District 6) National History Day held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
The Ohio History Connection offers the National History Day in Ohio (NHD-OH) program to over 7,000 students statewide and operates in 55 counties. Each year, students, using a national annual theme and, through their own discovery, research and analysis, develop an historical paper, documentary film, dramatic performance, three-dimensional exhibit or website, which is presented at the competitions.
Recently, the U.S. National History Day program, which began at Case Western Reserve University in 1974, received the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal.
The National History Day Finals will be held the week of June 14-18, 2015 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, north of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
Doug noted, It’s always a worthwhile day for me, to see bright and enthusiastic kids. It gives me hope for the country.