College Hill 6th graders compete at National History Day regional competition

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TEXARKANA — Nine College Hill sixth graders took part in the Regional National History Day Competition on March 5.

The purpose of National History Day is for students to use primary and secondary sources to build a project based around a central theme.

“The theme this year is Communication in History, and each student has the option to create a paper, documentary, exhibit, performance, or website,” said College Hill sixth grade teacher Brooke Harton. Students had to create annotated   bibliographies with their sources and learn how to cite them on their projects. They wrote process papers about how they created their projects – all while creating the projects. Harton explains, “Everything is virtual this year, but the regional competition for Southwest Arkansas was hosted by SAU and Dr. John Schneiderwind from the history department.”

Students competed in the 6-8 Junior Division and placed in the documentary and virtual exhibit categories.

El’Lanah Black, Addison Grant, Kaelynn Smith, and Savannah Wilder created a documentary using iMovie titled Coded Communication. The documentary focuses on different forms of communication used on the Underground Railroad such as gospels, quilt codes, and coded words to lead slaves to freedom. The students received 1st place in the Junior Documentary category. The documentary link is located below:

Lillian Fields and Ciara Ford created a virtual exhibit titled Path of Protest: Communication through Refusal. This project focuses on the journey of fifteen year old Claudette Colvin who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus nine months before Rosa Parks. Their project focuses on Claudette’s action, why Rosa was chosen instead to be the face of the protest, and how it sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Rights Act of 1964. They received 1st place in the Junior Exhibit category.

To view the virtual exhibit, click on the link below:

Maci Millican, Kiara Gipson-Wright, and Kiera Gipson-Wright created a virtual exhibit titled Stanton Takes a Stand. Harton said, “The main focus of their exhibit is to show how Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued for equality for women using speeches and how she and Susan B. Anthony essentially helped push the movement along,”Harton said. “Stanton and Anthony didn’t live to see women get the vote, but without them, who knows where we would be.” They received 2nd place in the Junior Exhibit category.

Click the link below to view their board:

“Our students will be competing against other 6-8 graders from across the state of Arkansas,” Harton said. “We just finished revising projects based off the judges’ notes, and we submitted everything yesterday.”