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82 Local Students Advance to State History Day Contest

Hundreds Attend SCOE-Sponsored Event

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On Saturday, March 7, Inderkum High School in Natomas transformed into a history museum as more than 300 Sacramento-area students gathered to present the projects they created for Sacramento County History Day.

With "Leadership & Legacy in History" as the 2015 theme, students presented exhibits, research papers, documentaries, and websites, plus historical performances. Student participants learned not just from each others' presentations, but from local historical re-enactors and other hands-on history experiences, such as carving, storytelling, and a chance to send Morse Code messages, provided by area history experts.

Matías Bombal, music and classic film impresario and host of Matías Bombal's Hollywood, served as master of ceremonies of the awards ceremonies, assisted by County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon and County School Board Trustee Greg Geeting.

Competition Categories

4th–5th Grade Division

  • 2-D Display/Poster

Junior Division (6th-8th grade) and Senior Division (9th-12th grade)

  • Documentary—group or individual project
  • Exhibit—group or individual project
  • Historical Paper—individual project
  • Performance—group or individual project
  • Website—group or individual project

The 82 students who took top honors will be eligible to advance to the NHD—CA state competition, taking place May 8-9 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. Those qualifying for the state contest are invited to attend an orientation at the Sacramento County Office of Education, 10474 Mather Boulevard, Thursday, March 12, starting at 6 p.m.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) administers Sacramento County History Day, along with the Center for Sacramento History and dozens of community educators and historians. The local event is associated with National History Day, a year-long educational program that encourages elementary, middle, and high school students to explore history on a local, state, national, and worldwide scale.

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