National History Day

I spent the day volunteering at the South Central Pennsylvania regional competition of the National History Day. Messiah College has been hosting this event for the last several years.

I was a judge for the “Middle School Papers” section, which means I had to read 11 papers related to the theme of “The Individual in History” and choose two winners who will advance to the PA state finals next month. The winners were a paper on Rosa Parks and a paper on Rachel Carson.

After judging I helped to hold down the fort in the judges room–collecting scores from judges and helping to prepare for the awards ceremony. Several of my students participated in the awards ceremony by announcing the winners. Thanks to Jason Stussy, Courtney Weller, and Marty Zimmerman for doing this. Special thanks to Jen Cline, our student volunteer in the judges headquarters. We couldn’t have done it without her servant’s heart and good cheer.

The most credit belongs to Jim LaGrand, my colleague in the history department, and Gina Hale, the department’s administrative assistant. They did all the preliminary work necessary to make this day happen.

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Professor! I had a wonderful day. After the compulsory isolation of student-teaching, it was great to spend a Saturday with such amazing people (students and students-at-heart alike)!


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