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National History Day 2019

For the fourteenth year in a row, CCS is competing in National History Day. This year's NHD district competition took place on Saturday, March 16th at the Cleveland History Center.  Close to 500 students were at the competition as well as hundreds of projects from schools all over northeast Ohio.


2014 NHD Nationals Opening Ceremony

National History Day

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. More than half a million middle and high school students participate annually.

Students begin their journey by presenting their projects in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world. Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests. The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are then invited to the National Contest. Out of 500,000, just 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland for the National Contest in June. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia.

- NHD.org


2019 CCS National History Day Students

NHD and Curriculum

NHD has been fully integrated into the curriculum at CCS. Students participate in NHD twice in their academic career. In eighth grade, students have a five-day class called MS Historical Research where they participate in NHD at the Jr. High level where they learn basic research skills, composition, and time management on their NHD project. In eleventh grade, students have a class called AP Seminar which teaches college level research skills and gives them the opportunity for college credit. At the beginning of each school year, eighth and eleventh grade students at CCS choose a historical topic that fits the annual theme and spend the year going through the research process. Students can choose to create an exhibit, documentary, website, or performance.


2018 National Finalist
Clinton 12: Desegregation Pioneers in Education
Elissa Palczer, Lydia Solak, Haley Vrona

NHD Academic Benefits

The student’s projects for the NHD program exercise the academic skills that the students have built during the middle and high school years, including: reading, composition, research, time management, presentation skills, analyzing multiple perspectives, art, organization, and more. Students present their projects at CCS in February and then go to the district competition in Cleveland in March where they can advance to the State and National level.

Teaches

Critical thinking, writing and research skills, and boosts performance across all subjects

Prepares

Students for college, work, and citizenship

Inspires

Critical thinking, writing and research skills, and boosts performance across all subjects


CCS Success at NHD

Through the NHD program, the effectiveness of the CCS academic curriculum is tested against many other schools from around the country and the world. From 2006-2019, CCS has sent 74 projects, 121 students to state and 15 projects, 28 students to nationals! CCS students have qualified for nationals 8 years since 2010! The CCS community is proud of the success that our students have achieved. Below are some videos highlighting the excellent work of our students:

2015 Abigail Young and Cecily Leetch win 1st in Ohio History Day and Qualify for Finals
Sir Nicolas Winton: The Silent Savior

Abigail and Cecily meet a Holocaust survivor and son of a survivor during Nationals


The Student Experience

One CCS student describes the educational experience by stating, "The self-determination involved in a student choosing their own topic, the independence that comes with researching the topic, and the ambition fostered by a potentially great project are all things that make for an excellent education. The cooperation used to create group projects, the pride that students feel when they can regard themselves as self-made experts on their favorite topics, and the intrinsic reward of a job well done are essential morale boosters that might empower a student to excel. And, interestingly, the combination of these benefits results in a classroom environment that is very similar to the one that my class proposed as "ideal." It is a classroom that serves as the root bed from which students grow, not the testing center for which they suffer."

For more information, visit our CCS NHD website here.

2017 National Finalist, 2nd in the Nation for Senior Group Performance
President Truman vs General MacArthur: Struggle for Command, Preserving the Power of the Presidency
Joseph Baldwin, Micah Doane, Trever Doeringer


National History Day 2019

For the fourteenth year in a row, CCS is competing in National History Day. This year's NHD district competition took place on Saturday, March 16th at the Cleveland History Center. Close to 500 students were at the competition as well as hundreds of projects from schools all over northeast Ohio.

CCS had 15 students compete - Lily, Josh, Sevey, Isaac, Nevada, Maddy, Josie, Brenna, Sarah, Chase, Mark, Aaron, Stephen, Luke, and Zachary. Every one of them worked hard over this last year and did a fantastic job presenting. Please encourage them when you see them. Below are the students who won special awards and qualified for the State competition in April.

3rd Place - Junior Individual Website - Isaac, Garrett Morgan: The Cleveland Waterworks Rescue

3rd Place - Junior Group Exhibit - Maddy & Nevada, Louis Zamperini: An American War Hero

1st Place - Senior Group Documentary - Mark/Chase, Billy Mitchell: Crusader for Air Power

Honorable Mention - Senior Group Exhibit - Josie/Sarah/Brenna, "Angels Flying Out of Hell: the 7000 Mile Journey of the Operation Babylift Orphans"

Honorable Mention and Special Prize for Military History - Zachary, Tragedy At Sea "Great Heroism, Unimaginable Anguish" The USS Indianapolis

3rd Place - Senior Individual Exhibit - Stephen, Sacrifice at Sugar Loaf Hill

Special Prize in Jewish History - Aaron, Entebbe: "Israel's Lightning Strike"

Congratulations to all of our participants!!

NHD 2019

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