History Day Experiences
by Rebecca Jirik and Karina Jirik
The summer of 2012, we were lucky enough to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National History Day Competition for our group performance about the Scopes “Monkey Trial”. A great experience, it took a lot of hard work and looking for multiple sources in order to succeed, but we would recommend this great event to everyone. History can really open peoples’ world and help them understand themselves. History Day also makes people who participate in it better researchers and prepare them for a college education.
When we were in Washington, D. C. we had the chance to meet people from the United States and all of the other countries/affiliations that participate in National History Day. One of our highlights of NHD was the button trading with the other people. We almost got all of the other states buttons. We also enjoyed all of the sightseeing that is available in D.C. Seeing the Washington, Lincoln, WWII memorials, and Arlington Cemetery were our favorite destinations. It was also fun to meet new people and look at other presentations and exhibits. We were really anxious to see if our names would be on the callback list, to see if we made it to the final round. We were so nervous we didn’t believe that we had made it and had to take a picture of the list to make sure we weren’t imagining it! You have to work hard, persevere, and go with the flow. We definitely had to go with the flow in Washington, D. C. because our set fell down in the middle of our last performance!
We had a wonderful time at National History Day. We even made it to finals in Nationals, which means that we are in the top 14 in the country. History day was very fun, and we are so glad we did it. It is funny to think that we didn’t even want to compete in the first place!