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Team Wisconsin, Ready for Nationals

National History Day Team Wisconsin 2012

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 5. The 56 finalists become Team Wisconsin 2012 and will go on to compete at the national level June 10-14 at the University of Maryland-College Park. The Wisconsin Historical Society coordinates the yearlong National History Day program in Wisconsin. More than 460 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 almost 9,000 Wisconsin students and 103 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 2012 theme, "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History." 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 5.

Participation in National History Day continues to grow. Check back in mid-June to share in the adventures of Team Wisconsin 2012 by reading their online journal, just as Team Wisconsin 2011 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Wisconsin Historical Society is proud to sponsor National History Day in Wisconsin. The Society thanks Dr. George Miller and the friends and family of Dr. John C. Geilfuss for establishing endowments that provide annual support for National History Day in Wisconsin. Support for the 2011-2012 National History Day in Wisconsin yearlong program is generously provided by: Culver's Frozen Custard & ButterBurgers; FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society; Dick Grum, in Memory of Mrs. Paul Guenzel; Carroll A. Heideman; Richard G. Jacobus Family Foundation; The QTI Group; John E. Skilton; Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Stevens; Wisconsin Labor History Society; and Wisconsin Society of Mayflower Descendants.

:: Posted May 7, 2012

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