Mrs. Carla Solomon challenged her Junior High classes to try something new out this year – National History Day. NHD is a model of multi-disciplinary, project-based learning that is focused around a new theme annually. This year the theme was “Taking a Stand” and asked students to explore people in history who did just that. St. Mary Junior High students, who volunteered to participate, spent a day downtown at the Cleveland History Center to begin research on their chosen topics with help from the professional staff there. They then began to shape projects into one of four formats: research papers, documentaries, exhibits and dramatic performance. Students sharpened skills in research methods, critical thinking, and synthesis of information from diverse sources.
After hard work and dedication to their topics, students made their way to the National History Day competition downtown on the campus of Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland History Center on March 4th. Mary McCauley, Loreali Gandolf-Glover, and Ellie Faber entered into the Performance category with “Sophie Scholl and the White Rose – Standing up to Hitler”. Sarah Boggs and Molly Passow had an exhibit entitled, “Gandhi’s Walk to Freedom”, while Annie Solomon and Faye Hoey created a documentary on Maximillian Kolbe, “Standing Up to Save Another Man”. Sixth graders, Ty Neat, Jake Schneider, Dylan Brock, Owen Boggs, and Christian Pawar created a film titled, “Patriots Standing Up to Injustice”, and Jamie Graham, Caitlyn Ford, and Lindsey Schaefer looked into Rosa Parks in “A Walk to Freedom”. During the competition, students were required to effectively present their findings and interpretations of their topics to a panel of judges. They also answered questions from the judges about the content of their project, as well as their research process.
The Ohio History Day group reported a record 650 students registered for the competition this year. While none of the St. Mary student groups advanced this year, they all enjoyed the challenge and excitement of the event. A national evaluation of the National History Day program conducted in 2009 – 2010 revealed that teachers and students who participate in National History Day report stronger reading and research skills, better college and career readiness, and an overall increased interest in historical topics. St. Mary School will definitely be back next year!
About St. Mary School
St. Mary’s School Chardon is a Catholic School for grades preschool through 8 where students are encouraged to develop academically in an environment of faith, with a vision for the future. For more information, visit our website, St. Mary School Chardon or contact Maureen Intihar via email: [email protected] or phone: 440-286-3590.
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Pictured In Right Photo: Group of History Day participants: Front Row: Christian Pawar, Caitlin Ford, Lindsey Schaefer, Riley Ford, Mary McCauley, and Loreali Gandolf-Glover. Back Row: Jake Schneider, Dylan Brock, Jamie Graham, Annie Solomon, Faye Hoey, and Ellie Faber
Pictured In Left Photo: Molly Passow and Sarah Boggs participate in National History Day at CWRU.