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Coupeville students to practice their History Day presentations March 5th

On March 5th beginning  at 5pm, Coupeville Middle and High School Students will be practicing their History Day presentations in the community meeting room at the Coupeville Public Library.


Nordic Lodge members hear a little about the planned presentations at their recent monthly meeting – from two participatingjsw_k.t students.

Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events is the theme for this year’s National History Day Competition. Coupeville has five entries this year. Three entries are in the senior division; two are in the junior division. Students are working on the following topics (1) Seabees (2) The deinstitutionalization of mental health facilities and how Service Alternatives created a unique service program for those who would have been previously confined to institutions (3) A labor strike by lumber workers in 1917 that led to significant changes in labor rights (4) D-Day ( 5) The Berlin Wall.

Members of the public are invited to attend this program to support participating students in practicing their presentations – and to learn a little history!

National History Day Competition: update from Coupeville students

The National History Day program is an exceptional avenue of academic opportunity for students who love history. Projects are built upon thousands of hours of labor and show a dedication far exceeding most academic standards. Champions all, these students demonstrate the kind of excellence that is possible from all our students.

Each year for the past several years, our Nordic Lodge has helped support Coupeville student participation in this annual History Day Competition. History Day Advisor Wilbur Purdue and two of his students – Heni Barnes and KT Wynn – came to our November general membership meeting to tell us about their plans for the 2011 competition. As in previous years, we found ourselves inspired  – and filled with enthusiasm for them!

About twelve Coupeville students in all are already in their beginning stages of research.  The theme for the competition this year is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Success, Failures, Consequences. Topics being explored by these students include Cloning, the California Condor, the Gadsden Purchase, Kenniwick Man, WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots – Women Pilots of WWII), Homeland Security, the Judge Boldt Decision (Native American treaty fishing rights), the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Grand Coulee Dam.  Students will put in hundreds of hours of research on their topics on their own time.  Presentations however, can be no more than 10 minutes in length.

Students may present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.  Student Heni Barnes’ topic is the Gadsden Purchase and will be a documentary; KT Wynn’s topic is Kennewick Man, and will be a performance.

In March 2011, Western Washington State University will host the Regional competition, where students’ work will be judged by professional educators and historians.  If their work is chosen as ‘the best’, they will move on to the Statewide competition on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Bellevue College. If they are winners in the Washington State contest, they will be eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.

Coupeville students have brought back major awards for many years, including this past year, at both the State and National levels.

We know they will do well once again this year!

More information about History Day competitions can be found on the following websites.