National History Day receives medal from President Obama
National History Day (NHD), a social studies and literacy curriculum for 6th to 12th grade students, was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Monday, February 13. Dr. Cathy Gorn, executive director of NHD, accepted the award on behalf of the NHD staff, board and honorary advisory council.
National History Day in Colorado is the state affiliate for NHD, and is housed in and supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Fifteen thousand Colorado students participate each year by choosing a topic related to an annual theme, conducting extensive primary and secondary research, developing a thesis, and presenting their arguments creatively in an exhibit, performance, documentary, website or research paper.
State Coordinator, Kendra Black says, "We are thrilled that this proven academic program has been recognized by our President! NHD is a proven academic program that truly engages students in history and literacy. We hope that this award will entice more educators to learn about and use the program."
This year's National History Day in Colorado state contest will be held on the Auraria campus May 5th, and is free and open to the public. NHCD is funded entirely by donations and is dependent upon great teachers and volunteers: one hundred and fifty volunteers are needed to help judge the competition and organize the event.
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