More than 100 students participated in this year’s National History Day, according to Karen Wilkins, coordinator of Hillsborough County’s National History Day Fair.
The elementary and secondary school program encourages students to choose historical topics, conduct research, then present their findings in local, state, and national competitions.
This year’s theme of “Rights and Responsibilities” prompted students at Liberty Middle School in New Tampa to create projects on the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust, the Great Depression, capital punishment, and students’ educational rights. Two of the projects won awards: Will Rojka and Amere Nelms’ project, “Rights of Jews during the Holocaust,” won a judge’s award for presentation; Amanda Yelvington’s “Schools: Rights for All” received the Student Advocate Award.
“All our students are winners because they learned so much in the process,” said Simon Meshbesher, Liberty social studies teach and History Day coach. “I am so proud to have a couple of winners – it just adds a bit of icing to an already fruitful experience.”