National History Day 2009 Finals
Greetings from the 2009 NHD National Contest!
Members of Team Wisconsin get
a bird's eye view of D.C.
from the Old Post Office Pavillion.
Hello and greetings from the 2009 NHD National Contest. Team Wisconsin has officially arrived and we are ready to take on the competition! Sunday was a day of travel for most of the delegation, taking cars, planes, busses, shuttles, and trains to converge at College Park.
Upon arrival, students registered for the contest and got settled into the dorms. While we don't have the air-conditioned dorm, we don't mind too much. The weather has been beautiful and we hope it continues all week. We had a great delegation meeting in the late afternoon, with plenty of pizza to fuel a campus-wide scavenger hunt for the students. You'll have to wait until Thursday to see who won!
We attended the Opening Ceremony as a group and had the chance to listen to a few speakers, while furious button trading took place on the sidelines. At the opening, we also learned the great news that one of our own teachers, Mr. Jim DeBroux of Random Lake High School, was selected as one of the eight finalists for the 2009 PBS Teacher of Merit Award through National History Day. The winner will be announced on Thursday and even though Mr. DeBroux wasn't able to be present, we made sure to give an ear-shattering cheer for him.
Junior Division students will meet with the judges on Monday. Wish them the best of luck!
Sarah and Sarah Michele
Team Wisconsin Coordinators
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Lorie Raihala, Parent from Madison
Carolyn setting up
Carolyn and I are happy and excited to be in DC again. We had a great road trip from Wisconsin and checked into our dorm room yesterday. The weather is great! Not too hot. This morning she registered and set up her exhibit in the student union, and then we rode the metro into the city with our Wisconsin National History Day Coordinators, Sarah 1 and Sarah 2.
We got out at the Smithsonian stop and walked up to the Old Post Office for a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the Tower. Carolyn and I decided to take the stairs, so we climbed up past the changing bells and got a good sense of how high the tower really is. When we came down, we walked back down to the National Mall and then further on to the Tidal Basin, because I was determined to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. The walk was worth our while; we could see the Washington Monument to the north and the Jefferson Memorial to the south as we went around the path by the water. The FDR Memorial was wonderful. It's full of moving quotes, statues, and waterfalls. I was especially interested to see the statue of him in his wheelchair. The description on the back of it said that FDR didn't want a regular wheelchair but had a special one designed using a kitchen chair, two bicycle wheels, and two tricycle wheels.
Tomorrow Carolyn has her interview at 2:45pm. I hope she'll get her judges excited about John Ringling and the American Circus!
I miss Matthew, John, and John Coray. Hello to all of you, and I'll be glad to see you again when we get back to Wisconsin!
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Dan, Teacher from Seymour
Seymour group at
Greetings to all back in America's Dairyland (especially those in Seymour, Black Creek and Oneida!). A flawless day of travel has brought us to beautiful Maryland and the Seymour contingent is more than excited to begin our NHD and sightseeing activities.
Today's introduction to the National competition was a unique sight. The intensity of button trading is something one can only experience first-hand. Students here are not only first rate researchers, but many are quite adept at the art of bartering and can drive a hard bargain. It took two or three Wisconsin pins to acquire the much desired Guam pin!
Courtney and Beth are definitely looking forward to sharing their website on social reformer Jane Addams at the National competition on Tuesday. In the meantime, we have plans to visit the National Mall, the Holocaust Museum, a Smithsonian museum or two and assorted other Washington must-see locations. As a teacher, it has been exhilarating to see a school project lead to a chance to experience Washington and meet students from every corner of America all while building valuable research and presentation skills. NHD has been rewarding every step of the way and is certainly culminating in a great experience here at Nationals!
We have had a spectacular first night in Washington! Too all back in "the home of the hamburger," good night and good luck!
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Teachers and Parents from Eagle River
Team Wisconsin gets
important last minute instructions
about the contest.
We are the delegation from the Northland Pines School District located in Eagle River! Writing this piece tonight are Kyle, Juli, Sue and Dar, rock star. (Two very proud moms and two equally proud teachers)
Hi to all our family and friends back in beautiful Eagle River! We are here at the University of Maryland – College Park and it is truly an amazing campus. The buildings, the gardens, the hospitality being shown to all is awesome. And then there is all the National History Day welcoming festivities! The pizza party, the scavenger hunt, the opening ceremony and the constant pin trading.
Melissa and Jordan's exhibit made it safely to College Park. We took time to watch them set it up tonight and then were able to view many of the other junior and senior division exhibits. This being their second year at NHD national competition, both Melissa and Jordan are displaying strong confidence and poise in meeting other finalists from other states. In anticipation of their judging on Tuesday morning, the girls spent time looking at the other senior division exhibits, making mental notes of the competition.
We've made our itinerary jammed packed for our days at nationals. There is a never-ending list of things to do! We look forward to our adventures on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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Jeffrey, Student from Madison and Alex, Student from Eau Claire
Jeffrey and Alex show
off door decorations.
Hello Wisconsin from Maryland, (Terrapins territory). Today was an exciting beginning to the 2009 National History Day competition. Alex flew in from Minneapolis and Jeffrey drove from Madison. We arrived to a very cool dorm room—the only air conditioned one on our floor!!! This was very fortunate because the weather here is very warm compared to back home.
At four p.m. we had a state meeting, with LOTS of pizza. In the middle of the meeting, we ran into Mr. History, the state coordinator from Minnesota. He told us that he was going to at Adele's in the student union. This information would soon be useful in our scavenger hunt, where a picture with Mr. History wearing a cheesehead was worth more points than all of the other items.
After running around campus for most of the afternoon (searching for the campus cow), we headed down to the McKeldin Mall to officially start trading pins with the other states. We traded with Maryland and also with the territories of Guam, American Somoa, the DODEA-Department of Defense in Germany, and a new appearance of one student from Shanghai, China. Just after we sat on a grassy field and listened to several speakers at the History Day opening ceremony. Some students from Guam were interested in our t-shirts (which they thought were the coolest this year), and offered to trade theirs yellow shirts for ours. Overall, today was a great start to the week, and we look forward to the competition tomorrow and going sightseeing.
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Whitney, Corey, Alicia, Students from Appleton
Group performance students
at National Contest
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Jim, Teacher from Random Lake
Jim DeBroux, Random Lake High School,
and Sarah Clement at the
2009 Wisconsin State Event.
Jim was one of the eight finalists
for the 2009 PBS Teacher of Merit
Award through NHD.
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