Academy Students Achieve Success in National History Day Contest

National History Day Finalists

For the first time, students in Mrs. Kelly Rodowsky’s Modern World History Honors classes and Mr. Shawn Moore’s United States History Honors courses participated in National History Day. Students participated in one of five categories: exhibit, documentary, website, performance, or research paper.

As explained on “Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.

The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.”

National History Day incorporates creative and artistic components that are aligned with Academy’s Core Curriculum. Essentially, students create a mini-museum exhibit that is meant to be informative, aesthetically pleasing, and interactive with live media.

Mrs. Rodowsky served as a guest judge at the District competition for the group exhibits in the Junior Division. She shared that Academy students presented their projects eloquently to the judges.

“Our students are poised to present their projects during the judge interview because of their experience in public speaking,” said Mrs. Rodowsky. “None of our students were nervous; in fact, they were excited to share their research and findings. They are confident in their interaction with others.”

National History Day

In addition to facilitating the discovery of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Research and reading skills
  • Oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • A sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.

Academy students presented at the school level on Friday, February 5. Faculty judges choose one winner from each category to advance to the Pasco County District finals.

National History Day Success

The following students advanced to the District finals:

Haneen McNamee ’19
Individual Exhibit: Paula Adams – “The Woman Behind the Jonestown Massacre” 

Charlie Liu ’18
Research Paper: “U.S. Immigration Policy Toward Chinese Immigrants”

Kanishka Ekanayake ’19
Individual website: “Tuskegee Airman and Their Effect on Desegregation in the Military”

Viraj Desai ’19
Individual Documentary: International Space Station

National History Day Academy

The following groups will advance to the State Competition:

The Florida History Fair will take place at Tallahassee Community College on May 1–May 3.

Daniel Biglow ’18, Daniel Gonalez ’18, and Matthew Bates ’18
Group documentary – “Legends Never Die: Biggie and Tupac”

Brooke Wilhite ’19 and Taylor Armstrong ’19
Group Exhibit – “Cannibalism in Burgen-Belsen”

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