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National History Day 2009 Finals

Touring and Representative Visits

NHD 2009 Finals
Representative Baldwin and national
finalists from her district.

Today Wisconsin students headed to D.C. to share their accomplishments with our elected officials. It was a full day! We visited the offices of Representatives Baldwin, Kagen, Kind, Obey, Ryan, and Sensenbrenner. The students had a chance to discuss their projects, research, and thoughts on National History Day. It was a busy day on Capitol Hill and we appreciated that the Representatives took the time to visit with us.

Most Wisconsinites also squeezed in a few last tourist destinations. Tomorrow is the award ceremony – so tune back for results!

Sarah and Sarah Michele
Team Wisconsin Coordinators

Posted at 10:00 AM

Representative Sensenbrenner Visit

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Students from the Milwaukee area met with Representative Sensenbrenner on Wednesday. He spoked with the students for 45 minutes on topics ranging from their NHD projects to bills currently being considered on the House floor.

Posted at 10:01 AM

Representative Kind Visit

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Representative Kind's district had a strong showing at the national contest. He was able to hear more about these projects before heading out to vote on a bill.

Posted at 10:02 AM

Representative Obey Visit

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Students from Representative Obey's district took a special trip the Capitol for their meeting. They also got a chance to talk with him about a bit of Wisconsin history!

Posted at 10:04 AM

Laura, Student from Milwaukee

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Laura poses next to the
Maryland mascot, Testudo.

Went for coffee in the union after my interview with the judges. Stood in line behind Queen Elizabeth, in all her splendor – gorgeous period costume & the perfect red wig. Must've been a performance entry. Only at National History Day…

By common consent, Wisconsin has the coolest pins and t-shirts. The people who work at registration and in the dining hall (college students, I think) get quite a kick out of collecting the state buttons. More than one has commented about how classy our stern-faced badgers look ;) And a member of the Guam delegation came all the way across the quad during the opening ceremony, hoping to swap for one of the black Wisconsin ruffian-cow shirts. Said they were the best ones at the competition. Whenever people from other states stand behind us in the elevator, they chuckle when they see the U.S. map with Californian labeled: "Here there be no happy cows." You can't deny, Wisconsin's got style. Go Badgers.

Posted at 10:10 AM

Greg, Teacher from Whitewater

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Whitewater High School students
visit Rep. Ryan's office.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn". This quote from Ben Franklin describes the experiences that our students have discovered along our route to the National History Day National competition on the campus of the University of Maryland.

Our students and parents that had an opportunity to advance to this level are obviously excited about the opportunity to see all that Washington D.C. has to offer. Yet the path of creating a thesis statement, collecting a variety of primary and secondary sources, and selecting a format to communicate what they have learned has been a rewarding process. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed studying about people such as Alfred Lunt and Edward Bernays. Our students did an excellent job of not only doing research but placing their individual in the context of what was happening during that era.

Our high school has been involved in NHD for two years. We have a local competition that has over 140 students participate in each year. We are very grateful for all of the community members along with Sarah Clement that have helped us organize this great event. We are all excited for the four students (Callie Boydston, Sung Kang, Max Molina, and Thomas Weston). These students are the first to participate in this National competition at our high school.

What I will take from this week are the memories of meeting incredible students, talented teachers and a host of dedicated parents supporting their students through this process. What I will take from the entire year would be seeing our students deliver their performances and documentaries to stunned members to the various community organizations in our community in preparation for D.C.. Seeing what they have accomplished and shared would make even Ben Franklin proud!

Posted at 10:11 AM

Jordan and Melissa, Students from Eagle River

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Melissa and Jordan's exhibit.

Hello this is Jordan Welnetz and Melissa Wagner and we are from Eagle River and Conover, Wisconsin. This week has gone by so fast, we can't believe tomorrow is our last day. This has been such an amazing experience and it's incredible to be able to come back two years in a row. We have seen so many sights, we saw the newly remodeled Smithsonian American History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, we went on a VIP tour of the Capitol, we went on a night walk around the D.C., saw the National Cathedral, and visited many more places. We were judged yesterday on our exhibit and it went really well. We are very excited for the Closing Ceremony tomorrow. This whole experience has been so much fun and we only wish our other teacher Mr. Tulppo could be with us. We just want to thank all of our friends and family for supporting us and helping fund our trip to D.C. Thank you all very much. GO TEAM WISCONSIN!

Posted at 10:12 AM

Sara, Judge from Milwaukee

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Sara looks at exhibits
displayed at the National Contest.

Hello, Wisconsin!

This year I had the unique opportunity to attend the NHD national competition. I've been able to attend the DC tour, the opening ceremony, and view many of the national finalist's projects, which have all been amazing).

As a judge for both the regional and state levels I always enjoy being able to watch the students' projects develop as they progress through the different levels of competition. Every year I look forward to seeing all of the diverse projects the students come up with and am always amazed to see them create such amazing projects based on inspirations from their families, classes, or their own personal research. While this experience has been so much fun for me, I can't even imagine what it is like for the students who have worked so hard to get here. I know this experience will last them for the rest of their lives!

Posted at 10:13 AM

Lorie, Parent from Madison

Today Carolyn and I took in some more exhibits. We were admiring a Senior Group Exhibit on the Red Baron when the creators of the exhibit came up behind us to start taking it down. They told us a lot about their research, which included getting to be friends with a museum curator and collector of World War I aviation memorabilia. Not only did this man loan the boys authentic WWI pilot's goggles for their exhibit, but he also showed them a WWI replica fighter plane that he had built himself. When the boys visited him he let them help him start the plane, and then he flew around doing stunts over their car as they drove away.

In the afternoon we took in more sights in DC, including the Portrait Gallery. I saw Lincoln's life mask from 1860 and death mask from 1865 (actually taken three days before his death). It was poignant how aged and haggard he looked after four years of Civil War.

Tomorrow is the ceremony! We are in great suspense. . .

Posted at 10:14 AM

Svenson Family

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Middleton Student Emma is pictured here with her family who joined her on her journey to present her Senior Paper. Here they are after visiting Representative Baldwin.

Posted at 10:30 AM

Bunn Family

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The Bunn family enjoyed the FDR Memorial so much they visited twice! Laura, a student from Madison, created a junior individual performance.

Posted at 10:31 AM

D.C. Everest Senior High School

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The delegation from D.C. Everest Senior High School is pictured here showing their Team Wisconsin pride! The students presented a Senior Group Performance.

Posted at 10:35 AM

Grantsburg High School

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Students and teachers from Grantsburg High School attended the NHD National Event for the first time this year. The students created a Senior Group Exhibit.

Posted at 10:36 AM

Parrell Family

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Senior Individual Exhibit Student Kelly presented her project on Cordelia Harvey. Here she is pictured with her mom on their visit with Team Wisconsin to the Old Post Office Pavillion.

Posted at 10:37 AM
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