National History Day is an academic competition focusing on history students in grades 4-12. It started as a local program in Cleveland, Ohio, headed by David Van Tassell, a history professor at Case Western Reserve University. It has grown from 129 students in 1974 to over 500,000 students today! Students construct entries as individuals and/or small groups in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Students then compete in a series of contests — school, regional, and state — to proceed to the National Contest.
The National History Day Regional Competition took place at Westminster College on March 2, 2017. Neshannock High School was the only Lawrence County school participating in the competition with other competitors coming from Mercer and Butler Counties. Under the guidance of Mrs. Shawn Lucas, students in Honors World Cultures created projects based on this year’s theme of “Taking A Stand in History.”
The following projects qualified for the state competition:
- Senior Division Research Paper:
- Anneliese Harp – Martin Luther’s Stand Against the Catholic Church
- Senior Division Individual Exhibit:
- Victoria Gouza – John Muir Takes a Stand and Creates a Living Legacy
- Senior Division Group Exhibit:
- Kara Gilleland and Leah Mrozek – Nellie Bly and Dorothea Dix: Mental Health Reform
- Emily Allshouse and Adrienne Anzalone – Oskar Schindler: From Under the Nazi’s Nose
- Abigail Hutchison and Amanda Urban – Alan Turing
- Senior Group Website:
- Noah Ambrosia, Riley Hilton, Noah Burchett, Devin McGuirk – Malcolm’s X’s Stand
Congratulations to all on a job well done! Good luck at the National History Day State Competition!