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Army Heritage Center Foundation: Students Compete for Honors at National History Day

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May 14, 2019
Students from all over Pennsylvania will be making history this weekend at the 2019 National History Day in Pennsylvania (NHD in PA) State Contest.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation will host the contest at Carlisle High School and will bring together over 700 students and more than 100 judges for two days of presentations, exhibits, and special projects.
The NHD in PA program has students select a topic based on an annual theme.  The theme for 2019 is Triumph and Tragedy in History.  The students then research primary and secondary sources to create exhibits, papers, performances, documentaries, or websites to report their results.  During the contest, judges evaluate entries based on the quality of research and how well students use historical sources to support their conclusions.  The projects judged the best in each category then move on to represent the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the NHD National Contest which is scheduled for June at the University of Maryland, College Park.
“The students coming to this contest are among the best and brightest in Pennsylvania, “says NHD in PA State Coordinator Jeff Hawks.  “Having them all in one place with their projects is inspirational.  They’ve worked so hard and their projects are truly amazing.  These kids are the future of Pennsylvania, and at NHD in PA it’s clear the future is in good hands.”
Approximately 12,000 students throughout the Commonwealth participate in the program.  Students compete in 12 regional contests, defending their projects before a panel of judges.  Regional winners go on to the statewide contest where they compete for the honor of representing Pennsylvania at the National Contest.  Fewer than 10% reach the State Contest, and fewer than 10% of those are chosen for the Pennsylvania Delegation to the National Contest.
Research shows that National History Day students outperform their peers on standardized tests in all subject areas and are better prepared for college and careers.
National History Day in Pennsylvania is sponsored and managed by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, located in Carlisle.
Jeffrey Hawks