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Sacramento County Students Compete at 2022 History Day

SCOE-Sponsored Event Draws Hundreds of Students and Teachers

Students talking to judges

On Saturday, more than 200 Sacramento-area students used performances, artistic displays, vivid documentaries, Podcasts, and websites to celebrate local history during Sacramento County History Day at Inderkum High School. Champions and special award winners from the March 11 competition are listed online.

Projects reflected the 2022 theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Students presented exhibits, research papers, and interactive websites. Those earning honors at the county level will advance to the National History Day—California state competition, scheduled for May 6–8 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The National History Day competition will be held virtually June 12-16

“Our world is increasingly connected and through debate and diplomacy, we can work to resolve conflicts and keep the peace,” said County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon during the awards ceremony. “The theme is relevant whether you think of recent history or ancient history. Diplomacy can unlock doors, inspire people, build respect and understanding, and forge strong relationships.”

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) administers Sacramento County History Day, along with the Center for Sacramento History and a team of dedicated volunteers. The local event is associated with National History Day, a year-long educational program that encourages elementary, middle, and high school students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

In addition to teaching the relevance and importance of history for all grade levels and ages, the program helps students develop problem-solving skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills, self-esteem and confidence, and a sense of responsibility for—and involvement in—the democratic process.

At each competition level, student projects are evaluated by history experts and educators. Competition divisions include Elementary (grades 4–5), Junior (grades 6–8), and Senior (grades 9–12).

Students posing in front of project
Students posing in front of projects
Students looking at projects