Every year, juniors in both Honors and College Preparatory United States History spend most of their year preparing for the National History Day competition in late February. History day has been a mandatory project for students for many years and students have the opportunity to create an exhibit, website, or paper based on their topic. Junior Natalie O. says “History day is an interesting process. It is taking things we’ve learned in the past and bringing them to the next level or finding a new piece of history”. The theme of the 2017 History Day Competition is “Taking a Stand”, and students’ projects must fall into this broad category.
When asked about the theme of the 2017 competition, Natalie O. commented “Because we go to Padua, we get to broadcast a feministic perspective in order to show some forgotten women who had an effect on history to the National History Day Competition.” All projects are completed at the end of February and those who created exhibits will have their work displayed on Padua’s second floor. Natalie O. concludes her thoughts on History Day by saying “This year in US History we’re not only studying and analyzing history but we are also given the opportunity to exercise it in a creative process”.