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Team Wisconsin, Ready for Nationals

National History Day's Team Wisconsin 2011

Wisconsin's best and brightest history students from middle schools and high schools across the state emerged as national finalists after competing in the statewide finals of National History Day in Madison May 7. The 53 finalists become Team Wisconsin 2011 and will go on to compete at the national level June 12-16 at the University of Maryland-College Park. The Wisconsin Historical Society coordinates the yearlong National History Day program in Wisconsin. More than 475 students came to the state event to share their historical research with historians, educators and other young scholars as they competed for the opportunity to represent Wisconsin in the nationals. Team Wisconsin represents the cream of the crop of the 8,500 Wisconsin students and 101 schools statewide that participated in the program this year.

National History Day a Yearlong Commitment

Participating students worked for months to create historical research projects related to the program's 2011 theme, "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." After selecting topics and completing extensive research, students presented their conclusions as documentaries, museum-style exhibits, dramatic performances, historical papers and websites at regional events throughout the state. The best of those advanced to the state event on May 7.

Participation in National History Day continues to grow. Check back in mid-June to share in the adventures of Team Wisconsin 2011 by reading their online journal, just as Team Wisconsin 2010 did, as they present their projects to national judges and explore the Washington, D.C., area.

The Society congratulates all of the Wisconsin students who were involved in National History Day projects this year and wishes our finalists the best of luck!

:: Posted May 9, 2011

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