DORSET >> Long Trail School has announced that some of its 10th grade students will be competing with more than 200 other students in this year's Vermont History Day on April 2 at U-32 High School in East Montpelier. The competition expects primary source research shared through creative and original dramatic performances, documentaries, research papers, websites, or three-dimensional exhibits. Successful entries explore this year's theme of Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History with an understanding of the historical significance of the chosen topic.
Coached by LTS Social Studies chair Tess Kahn, 15 Long Trail students have worked individually and in groups to craft papers, a website, museum exhibits and a documentary. For example, Kristina Hilliard and Sionann Harrington created a website about the influence of World War II photography and propaganda. A trio of students, Cole Norkon, Eli Sanderson and Levin Coe, opted to make a documentary about football's influence on charities and on the boundaries of American sports.
As Kahn notes, "I want my students to have the freedom to do in-depth research on a topic of personal interest but also to participate in a competition beyond our school. This endeavor is great preparation for the Extended Essay in the International Baccalaureate program at Long Trail for 11th and 12th graders."
Students meet with judges at the state contest and receive feedback about their projects. Students who place first or second with a superior or excellent rating at Vermont's competition are eligible to compete at the National History Day finals on June 12-16 at the University of Maryland, College Park, near Washington, DC.