Missouri student excels in state history contest

Oak Grove Mo. May 2, 2017 – More than 3,000 motivated students in grades six through twelve compete in National History Day in Missouri each year. On April 29 nearly 600 students who have advanced from regional competitions throughout Missouri gathered at the state contest on the University of Missouri campus to showcase their exemplary work.

Each National History Day in Missouri project is unique, a result of extensive research and creativity from an individual student or group. The program encourages young scholars to present their findings their way through documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, or websites.

This was the case with Andrew Fallman of Oak Grove, Mo. “Being a part of NHD has enabled me to research on my own outside of a classroom and develop my own ideas. These are the kinds of skills I’ll need for college, so it has helped me feel more prepared,” Fallman said.

A senior at Oak Grove High School, Fallman completed a performance about the impact of Loving v. Virginia and advanced to the 2017 state competition after placing at regionals. “Going to competition was interesting because I got to learn about a lot of different historical events and people by watching other students’ performances,” Fallman said. “When I heard I qualified for state, I was excited to revamp my performance and to see what the best in the state have to bring to the competition.”

A national evaluation of National History Day found students who participate: •outperform their peers on state standardized tests, not only in social studies but also in reading, science, and math; •are better writers who write with a purpose and a real voice while marshaling solid evidence to support their point of view; •are critical thinkers who digest, analyze, and synthesize information; •gain 21st-century skills, learning how to collaborate with team members, talk to experts, manage their time, and persevere.

One of the greatest benefits of National History Day is that it “gives students an opportunity to direct their own projects, instilling leadership qualities and expanding their capacity for independent learning,” said Gary Kremer, executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, which sponsors the program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. “National History Day in Missouri is an amazing program because students learn to take initiative and become active, involved citizens while exploring history,” Kremer said.

To get involved in National History Day in Missouri, contact the State Historical Society of Missouri at 573.882.7083. About National History Day in Missouri

Launched in 1980, National History Day in Missouri is the state affiliate of the National History Day educational program, which has half a million participants. Over 3,000 students compete in regional Missouri competitions, with 600 advancing to the state competition held on the University of Missouri campus. National History Day in Missouri is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. Visit: nhdmo.org

About The State Historical Society of Missouri Founded in 1898 and established as a trustee of the state a year later, SHSMO is the premier center for the study of Missouri state and local history. Through its education program, the Center for Missouri Studies, SHSMO collects, preserves, and publishes materials that enhance research and support learning opportunities in the study of the Midwest at six research centers around the state, with headquarters on the University of Missouri campus. Visit: shsmo.org

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