Youth converge on C of I for National History Day event
2011. 04. 11.
The College of Idaho is set to host National History Day in Idaho, the finale of a year-long enrichment program that provides exciting ways for the state's middle and high school students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The annual event, sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 on the C of I campus. More than 300 Idaho students from grades 4-12 will compete for awards, scholarships and a slot in this summer's national competition. The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, located in the basement of Boone Hall, will be open as well.
Students qualified for National History Day by placing in one of six regional events earlier this school year. They now will compete for dozens of awards, including College of Idaho scholarships worth $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000; the $2,000 Idaho Centennial Scholarship; and the Idaho State Historical Society Trustees' and Director's Award $500 grand prize. First- and second-place winners also qualify for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, taking place June 12-16 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
The theme of this year's National History Day event is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Students have created exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and historical papers to showcase their findings. The projects will be judged throughout the morning and early afternoon, when the exhibits and documentaries will be open for public viewing at Jewett Auditorium, the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts and other venues on the C of I campus. An awards ceremony is set for 4 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.