90 students from Kent Mountain View Academy (KMVA) took part in the school-level National History Day event in January. 30 students were selected as regional finalists and will go on to represent KMVA at the regional competition at Green River Community College March 28.
National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History”. Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.
The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they compete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.
Student topics ranged from Halsted’s Mastectomy to Operation Blue Star, and the Bone Wars. Students were able to interview AIDS victim Ryan White’s mother among many others.
Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Washington is coordinated by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.