History Comes Alive at Annual Student Event

History came to life for more than 300 students who participated in Stanislaus County History Day on March 19 in Patterson. Each year across the country, students learn about historical themes through their participation in National History Day - an academic program that introduces students to the study of history by having them conduct original research and create projects that range from papers and exhibits to performances, documentaries, and websites. “History Day encourages our youth to explore local, state, national, and world history,” said Cheryl Goulart, Event Coordinator at SCOE. “Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the theme was Explore, Encounter, Exchange in History.”
 Patterson High School Senior Division team members Gisselle Nagra, Arielle Reynoso, Galilea Hernandez and Kitzia Gonzalez conducted their research project on Sacagawea, a woman who had an impact on United States history through her contribution to the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. “Last year we went on to the state competition, and we learned a lot there that we put towards our project this year,” said Nagra. All of the girls said participating in this event taught them a lot about teamwork. “Not only did we learn about Sacagawea, we also learned the importance of working together as a team,” said Nagra. Participation in the event was required last year for their history class. “This year it wasn’t a requirement for us, but we wanted to do it again because we enjoyed it so much last year,” said Hernandez. The team’s three-dimensional display and research paper took a top prize this year so they will once again head to the state competition.

In addition to the student displays and projects, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison and Native American dancers were on hand throughout the day and entertained the students with storytelling and dances.
   Stanislaus County History Day was sponsored by Amazon, Patterson Unified School District, and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE). “At Amazon, our motto is “Work Hard, Have Fun and Make History,” said Dan Fay, Regional Director of Operations. “We pride ourselves in making history through innovation, and we’re proud to support local students in the county-wide History Day competition in Stanislaus County.”
 The top place winners from each division and category will represent Stanislaus County at National History Day – California on May 9, 2016, in Rocklin, CA.