By Ian Hanigan
Next month, the top National History Day projects from schools across the country will make their way to Maryland for a final competition on the national stage.
California is sending 18 of its best projects (along with the students that created them). And no fewer than three will come from IUSD’s own Lakeside Middle School.
That’s right, Lakeside is sending more teams and more students to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest than any other school in the state.
“It was definitely a good year for us,” says Jon Pang, Lakeside’s history and social science department chair. “A lot of kids who participated last year in the seventh grade came back and did it in eighth grade, and that really helped them a lot.”
“Every one of these students was very committed,” he added. “They had to be motivated to meet with teachers during lunch and after school seeking feedback.”
Each year, more than 500,000 elementary, middle and high school students from the U.S. and beyond participate in National History Day competitions at the local, state and national levels.
For those unfamiliar with the program, students select a historical topic based on the year’s theme and conduct extensive research. Some visit libraries, archives …read more
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