Akron-Westfield students placed high in their first round of competition but did not make it to the finals’ round at the National History Day Finals in Washington D.C.
Students Max Anderson, Christian Wolthuizen, and Ty Carl presented their Jackie Robinson exhibit and received several positive comments on their project with special remarks for the design of their board and their research.
The boys had interviewed Branch Rickey III, grandson of Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodger manager, the week before they left Iowa. Alec Heeren also received special comments on his research. Alec had interviewed Sinn Fein Council members from Northern Ireland as a part of his project.
"The true benefits from participating in National History Day go way past a certificate or medal. The program teaches kids the writing, analytical understanding, and reading comprehension skills that will make them a success in life, no matter what their career," Susan Moose, NHD Nationals’ Parent from Nebraska.
The NHD program serves as an educational tool to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of educational standards such as the 21st Century Skills. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations. Special thank you to the many parents and community members who supported all of the History Day students throughout the year.