Updating a story from earlier this week, Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Daniel Akaka (D-HI) have declined to bring to the floor for a vote their amendment (S.AMDT.3364), submitted last Thursday, which would have set aside $2 million in federal funds for “activities related to” National History Day. With Washington’s new sensitivity towards earmark appropriations, Coleman and Akaka decided federal funding for NHD would not happen after looking at “at the reality of the situation.” National History Day Director Cathy Gorn, in an e-mail to friends of National History Day, explained, “while NHD is not a traditional earmark, it is directed funding.
Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota filed an amendment (3364) last Thursday, October 18th, which would provide federal funding for National History Day, an important event we’ve recognized before on AHA Today. National History Day is an annual contest for students in grades 6-12 to create original papers, exhibits, documentaries, and dramatic performances around a changing theme. Coleman’s amendment, joined Friday by Democrat Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, sets aside $2 million for the program in the 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill, which the Senate is currently debating.
National History Day, which we reported on in a post last week, concluded bright and early yesterday with an awards ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Below are the junior high and senior high students who placed first in each category. Congratulations to all of these winners, but also to the 500,000 plus students from across the country who participated in this year’s competition. To see all the contest winners, visit the NHD 2007 winners page.
Junior High Winners:
- Jessalyn Welch & Cody Welch
“If the Berlin Wall Could Talk”
College Station, TX, Brazos Area Home Schoolers
Senior High Winners:
- Mikhail Mack & Kiehlor Mack
This year’s National History Day Contest challenged students in grades 6-12 to create original papers, exhibits, documentaries, and performances around the theme of “Triumph & Tragedy in History”. More than half million students participated and those who progressed through the local and state levels of the contest arrive at the University of Maryland this Sunday, June 10th to compete at the national level. Award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will kick off the event Sunday with a speech at the Welcome Ceremony.