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2/13/2013 8:45:00 AM
CV students gear up for National History Day competition
Review/Geri KinsleyWalt Disney: Ana Sanchez, Kayden Windsor, Dallana Beltran, Teresa Acosta.
Review/Geri Kinsley

Walt Disney: Ana Sanchez, Kayden Windsor, Dallana Beltran, Teresa Acosta.
Review/Geri KinsleyNational History Day at Chino Valley High School.
Review/Geri Kinsley

National History Day at Chino Valley High School.
Geri Kinsley
Special to Review

Sixth-graders from Heritage Middle School visited Chino Valley High School this past week to observe how National History Day works. They will be hosting their own event for the first time this week.

"I was inspired by Mr. Metz's and Mr. Sloat's program at the high school. We have some outstanding sixth-graders this year that we wanted to challenge in a unique and creative way," said Rachael Fleser, sixth-grade Language Arts teacher at Heritage Middle School. "We have 12 students from the advanced Language Arts classes that we hope will be going to the regional competition Feb. 23 in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University for qualified middle school and high school students. The Heritage kids completed their research papers before Christmas break, and they have been able to build and work on their projects on and off for the last few weeks."

CVHS projects are incorporated into the honors curriculum, which started in August. The fall semester starts out with the students' research and bibliography. Since then they have been putting their performances and other projects together to get ready for last week's event.

"This event is to select the ones that will represent CVHS in February at the regionals in Flagstaff at NAU. They are sorting through the applicants to see who will move on to the next competition," said Scott Sloat, Social Studies department chair at CVHS. "Regional competition is through the Arizona State Historical Society's National History Day department.We choose to have the in-house competition because of so many participants at CVHS, but not all schools do so."

Cellene Smith started the program for her students 12 years ago. Retired for the past few years, she donated her time to judge the competition Wednesday and this week's event at Heritage Middle School.

"They are learning college level research skills as well as life skills that they can use after high school," said Smith.

Judges for this past week's event have come in from the local community, an Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Upward Bound teacher, a student teacher, and the Joe Foss Foundation, as well as Cellene Smith. They will go through the Individual Performance, Group Performance, websites, documentary, exhibits, and papers to grade and pick the students that will move on.

"There are a lot of good projects here today," said Marc Metz, World History teacher at CVHS. "A few of the topics that were researched and presented today have been Lewis and Clark, Walt Disney and World War II."

CVHS has won the senior division top award for Arizona at the National Contest at the University of Maryland for the past two years. The Group Website students two year ago finished 13th nationally, and Group Performance students finished 7th nationally in 2012.

"We have a pretty high history both in the state and on the national stage in terms of being awarded for what the students have done," said Sloat. "In terms of being awarded for what the students have accomplished, we think that is very noteworthy for a little rural 3A school in Northern Arizona."

The school accepts tax credit donations for the National History Day Club, especially for the students going to Nationals in June.

For more information contact Scott Sloat at ssloat@chinovalleyschools.com


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