As we announced in an earlier news item, two students from Peck were chosen as the New Jersey state winners in the National History Day Contest. Along with faculty members Sue Longenecker and Jason Guss, they ventured to the national competition two weeks ago.
We are very happy to announce that Maria Vieira and Aitalia Sharpe were honored at the national competition with an “Outstanding Junior Entry for the state of New Jersey.” This means their project earned the highest judging score in New Jersey that did not earn a national medal. In addition, they were listed as a top-10 finalist (runner-up) in their category for the nation. The Peck community is proud of their hard work and determination.
The National History Day Competition sounds like it takes place on a single day. In actuality, it is a highly competitive intellectual competition that engages students in historical research and skills development and plays out across the country throughout much of the academic year.
Participating schools begin by encouraging students to develop projects according to the National History Day competition theme. Each year, more than half a million students create web sites, exhibits, documentaries, papers, and performances. The schools then pick their leading projects to compete against other students on the regional level. Winners at regionals progress to state level competitions, and state winners ultimately progress to the national competition at the University of Maryland campus in mid June.