Ronald Chase, President, Gum Springs Historical Society, Inc., recently participated in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held at University of Maryland at College Park, MD, June 12-16, 2016. The contest is run on a local, state and national level, involving more than 600,000 students. Less than 1% make it to the National level. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and international schools in Central America, China, Korea, and South Asia were represented at College Park.
National History Day provides young people with a high quality educational experience, with each student responsible for research, design and creation of their entry in one of five competitive categories: website, papers, exhibits, performance or documentary. It also engages the students in critical thinking skills that is hugely beneficial to college and career readiness. For the documentary category, all entries were judged on historical quality, relation to this year’s theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.