Parker students compete in National History Day State Finals
Today, nearly 30 students from Francis Parker School are heading to William Jessup University near Sacramento to compete in the National History Day - California State Finals. Students have been preparing all year for the competition and were chosen to participate after advancing through the county contest in February.
The state competition takes place this Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in Rocklin, Calif. Parker will be competing against more than 1,200 students from across California, all of whom are vying for a spot at the national competition in Washington, D.C. next month.
National History Day - California is an educational program that encourages students to discover and learn about local, state, national and world history through the lens of an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.”
Parker Upper and Middle School students have spent the better part of the school year creating projects that range from individual and group exhibitions to performances, websites and documentaries. Students used local libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and other resources to develop their projects and delve deep into meaningful and important topics.
This year, students in grades 6 through 12 have teamed up or branched out individually to create projects that focus on important figures in history, like Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, Holocaust survivor and activist Elie Wiesel and photographer Dorothea Lange. Other projects dive into broader historical topics, such as South Africa’s rise out of Apartheid, Estonia’s Singing Revolution and the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy vs. Ferguson.
Tens of thousands of California students competed in county contests for a chance to represent their schools in the state competition this weekend. Francis Parker School is proudly represented by nearly 30 exceptional students. Those who advance through the state competition head to the University of Maryland near Washington, D.C. for nationals, to be held June 11 to 15.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.