Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 NHD : Day 5

The 2014 NHD contest has officially ended. It was a great week! The NHD-OH staff really enjoyed meeting and getting to know the Ohio students this year. We are very proud of all of their hard work on their projects.


Out of the 36 projects that represented OH, 8 placed in the top 14 in the nation. Ohio also had one special prize winning project and a scholarship winner!

2nd place Senior Group Website: Narayan Sundararajan, Allison Kao, and Anav Sood, “Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study” from Shaker Heights HS.

3rd place Senior Paper: Abby White, “The Boundaries of Brotherhood: Fraternite and the Dreyfus Affair” from Shaker Heights HS.

4th place Senior Group Documentary: Jack Babet, Thaddeus Barnette, and Alayna Doeringer, “The Pentagon Papers: Patriotism or Espionage” from Christian Community School.

4th place Junior Group Website: Anika Rede and Maryum Ali, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Generating a Rising Tide of Responsibility to End the Institution of Slavery”, from Birchwood School.

4th place Senior Group Exhibit: Erin Bradfield, Jimmy Foster, and Garrett Beachy, “A Campus in Chaos: The Ohio State University Riots of 1970”, from West Jefferson HS.

6th place Senior Individual Website:  Alan Luntz, “Lighting the Flames of Freedom: The American Movement to Save Soviet Jewry”, from Shaker Heights HS.

7th place Junior Group Performance: Audrey Felton and Alexia Scholl, “The Grimke Sisters” from Mercy Montessori.

14th place Senior Individual Documentary: Nora Torbett, “Waiting for Change: Human Rights in North Korea”, from Marietta HS.

Special Prize: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspaper Prize, Junior Division:  Anika Rede and Maryum Ali, Junior Group Website, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Generating a Rising Tide of Responsibility to End the Institution of Slavery”, from Birchwood School.


Scholarship Winner: Case Western Reserve University, David Van Tassel Founder Award: Sharmika Primm, Senior Individual Documentary, “Uplifting the Women and the Race: 19th and early 20th Century Black Female Activism” from John Adams HS.


Two entries from each NHD affiliate were chosen as “Outstanding Entries” in the junior and senior divisions. The winning entries exemplify quality work, well-rounded research and great student achievement. The two entries from Ohio were:
Junior Division: Junior Group Performance: Audrey Felton and Alexia Scholl, “The Grimke Sisters” from Mercy Montessori.
Senior Division: Senior Group Documentary: Jack Babet, Thaddeus Barnette, and Alayna Doeringer, “The Pentagon Papers: Patriotism or Espionage” from Christian Community School.

What a great year! I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. The theme for next year is Leadership and Legacy in History- let the researching begin!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NHD 2014: Day 4

The NHD week is winding down and it's been a fun, and HOT week! The Ohio students have been wonderful! The NHD-OH staff members actually got to sleep this year! So thank you students, it will make the drive back to OH much easier!

Anyway- Wednesday is senior finals judging and a trip into DC for the students not in the 2nd round.

Ohio was lucky enough to have 2 projects in the documentary finals. Nora created an outstanding doc on human rights violations in North Korea. Jack, Thad, and Alayna made an awesome group documentary on the Pentagon Papers. We were so proud as we watched them today!


Other students and families headed into DC for some site seeing. Our great bus driver Greg dropped them off at some of the great monuments in the city and then everyone visited various museums and sites. Here's Matt and Ian posing with Thomas Jefferson.

Once the group returned to campus, we had an ice cream party. Actually more of an ice cream soup party. Apparently our freezer is not that cold. Oh well, it still tasted great! Then the Ohio students made some fun signs to carry at the parade of states at tomorrow's awards ceremony. 



It's been a fun week. One final day ahead and then it's back to the Buckeye state. It's been super hot this week but I think I'll miss campus when I get back home. (OK so maybe not the dorm bed or the Diner food, but I will miss the beautiful campus and the friends from NHD we've made). 


On to the awards...



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NHD 2014 Day 3

It was the seniors turn at NHD today. The seniors did a great job telling the stories of their topics and also representing Ohio.
We kicked the day off by watching 2 outstanding performances- one on the Hull House and another on the death of Emmett Till.



The website judges view the sites ahead of time and had the opportunity to interview the students about their projects. The Ohio students did a wonderful job and demonstrated all of the awesome information they discovered about their topics. Narayan's parents even came all the way from India to see their grandson compete!



We had some amazing documentaries as well on a variety of topics: North Korea, African American female activism, the Hough Riots, and the Pentagon Papers. Nora advanced to the second round with her individual documentary. Thad and Jack have competed 2 previous times in the group documentary category and were always so close to advancing- this time, with an additional partner, Alayna, they made it! Third times the charm!



We can't forget about Ohio's papers and exhibits. The students all said they felt like they had good interviews and feel confident about their projects. They all should be proud of themselves!




The night ended on a good note. We went to support our junior group performance in the 2nd round of judging. Audrey and Alexia were great! Strangers we were sitting next to even commented how wonderful the performance was! Congratulations ladies!

We took LOTS of pictures today. Check them out! 
2014 NHD