Taylorsville students win at Kentucky’s National History Day

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By The Staff

Three students from Taylorsville received awards at the 2009 Kentucky’s National History Day (NHD) State Contest, held Saturday, April 18 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort.  Seventeen schools and nearly two-hundred students participated in the state contest in hopes of advancing to the national contest, which will be held June 14-18 at the University of Maryland.    

Dorothy Schultz , of Spencer County High School, was awarded first place in the senior division paper competition for her project, “Clausewitz’s Military Legacy.”  Sam Borders and Dillon Mitchell were honored with the Abraham Lincoln History Award and a $200 prize by the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission for their junior division group exhibit, “Abraham Lincoln: All Men Should Be Free.”

 Students in grades six through eight competed in the Junior Division, and high school students competed in the Senior Division.  Project categories included individual and group documentary, individual and group performance, individual and group exhibit, paper, and Web site.

 “We were incredibly impressed by the caliber of projects at this year’s state competition,” said Kate Hesseldenz, NHD state coordinator.  “Students who participate in National History Day not only achieve academically, but they also become very enthusiastic about history.”

The NHD program is an annual, year-long program designed to promote the teaching and learning of history in America’s schools. Students analyze the historical significance of their topics and present conclusions in dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, Web sites, and research papers to audiences throughout the country.

In Kentucky, the program is coordinated by the Kentucky Historical Society. Each spring, district coordinators organize eight district contests, with around 2500 students participating in the program statewide, which lead to the state competition. The NHD program culminates with the national competition.  The theme for this year’s contest is “The Individual in History:  Actions and Legacies.”

For more information on Kentucky’s National History Day, contact Kate Hesseldenz at 502-564-1792, ext. 4477 or visit the KHS Web site.