National History Day Competitions
Warwick Students Compete in History Day
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. Five Warwick High School students recently participated in the regional contest held at Penn Manor High School and sponsored by the East Petersburg Lions Club. As the culminating activity of the Advanced Seminar course, these students entered their research projects in this prestigious event.
Seniors Cristina Maymi and Megan Scarborough both made documentary films, researching banned books and the gay rights movement respectively. Juniors Kate Babione and Conor Smith also made documentaries: Kate researched controversial comedians and Conor traced the history of atomic bombs and their impact on American culture. Junior Ethan Quinn made an exhibit on the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Students were assisted on their projects by gifted support teacher Carolyn Hoy.
National History Day is a highly regarded academic competition for elementary and secondary students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. This year’s theme was “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform.”
After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students presented their work in original papers, exhibits, performances and documentaries.
These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.