BGPS students advance to state in National History Day competition

After top finishes at the Southwest Washington regional National History Day competition, 21 students from Battle Ground Public Schools’ middle schools have advanced to the state round to be held on May 1. Each round of the competition (regional, state and national) will be held virtually this year.

“I am proud of the hard work and determination shown by students within the novel remote learning structure during a pandemic,’ said Beth Doughty, history and English Language Arts teacher at Chief Umtuch Middle School. “It was a lot to manage, and it is a testament to their efforts and the fact that students still gained content knowledge and skills despite the atypical learning structure.”

National History Day is a dynamic program that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Students select a topic related to an annual national theme and work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources.

This year’s theme is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Based on this theme, the students conducted research and analysis before developing projects such as research papers, performances, documentaries, websites, and more.

The Chief Umtuch Middle School students advancing to state are:

The Pleasant Valley Middle School students advancing to state are:

And finally, the River HomeLink student advancing to state is:

The National History Day organization and its state affiliate, Washington History Day, provide leading-edge training and curriculum materials to help educators meet and exceed education standards.

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