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92 Local Students Advance to State History Day Contest

SCOE-Sponsored Event Attended by Hundreds of Youth and Families

Woman helping student with exhibit

On Saturday, March 5, Inderkum High School in Natomas transformed into a history museum as nearly 300 Sacramento-area students gathered to present the projects they created for Sacramento County History Day.

Students presented exhibits, research papers, documentaries, and websites, plus historical performances, based on the theme "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History." Student participants learned not just from each others' presentations but from local historical re-enactors and other hands-on history experiences, such as carving, lassoing, and origami paper-folding.

Film and music historian Matías Bombal served as master of ceremonies of the awards ceremonies, assisted by County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon and County Board of Education Trustee Greg Geeting.

Monterey Trail High School teacher Maryville Poe was named the "Myron Piper History Day Teacher of the Year” for her decade of involvement and support of Sacramento County History Day. The award is presented in memory of the late educator Myron Piper, who led Sacramento County History Day for many years.

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 92 students who took top honors will be eligible to advance to the NHD—CA State Competition, taking place May 6–7 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. Those qualifying for the state contest are invited to attend an orientation meeting at the Sacramento County Office of Education (10474 Mather Boulevard) on Thursday, March 10, starting at 6 p.m.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) coordinates 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.

Cable TV Re-Broadcast/Online Stream

Saturday’s awards ceremony was broadcast live by Access Sacramento on Comcast and CCI Cable Channel 17, AT&T U-Verse Channel 14, and on the Access Sacramento website, funded in part by a grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable TV Commission. Repeat showings of the awards ceremony are scheduled to air (on cable and online):

  • Sun. March 6 at 8 a.m.
  • Mon. March 7 at 12 a.m.
  • Wed. March 9 at 8 p.m.
  • Thurs. March 10 at noon
  • Fri. March 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Mon. March 14 at 10 p.m.
  • Tues. March 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Wed. March 16 at 6 a.m.

Girls folding paper
Students holding medals