Eighteen Brighton School students participated in the Washington State’s National History Day Regional Competition on March 15.
Two Brighton teams presented projects at the regional awards ceremony, which is considered a very high honor. The presenters were Brighton students’ Grant Silagin, Cole Corkery, Ben Palmer, Casey Reed and Simon Siggins-Bell, whose team placed first in the Group Performance category for their performance of Jessie Owens, an African American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist from Washington.
Corey Takeya also presented his documentary on Japanese internment during World War II, which earned him a first place spot in the Individual Documentary category. Twelve Brighton students will proceed to the State History Day Finals on May 3 at Green River Community College in Ashburn, Wash.
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.
After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.
The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.