The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


June 30, 2014

N.C. students compete in National History Day event

Monday, June 30, 2014 — RALEIGH -- A Breakfast on the Hill, a Writer's Workshop at the Library of Congress and an invitation to exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum are among honors accorded to students from North Carolina during the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland-College Park, June 15-19.


"Once again, North Carolina students are proving themselves on a national stage," Governor Pat McCrory said.

"Their hard work and study of our nation's history reflects a deep respect and appreciation for civic engagement. I hope their achievements inspire others to look into studying history as well as the wealth of archives and other resources available through the Department of Cultural Resources." More than 60 North Carolina students were among the nearly 3,000 from around the country and the world in attendance.


In addition to the special invitations, several students placed in the top 14 in their categories on this year's theme, Rights and Responsibilities in History. More than half a million students nationwide participate in National History Day competitions from the local to national level.


"I am so impressed with our students and teachers in North Carolina who represent our state so well at national competitions," said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

"A love of history inspires students to dig deeper into a story to understand more fully all of the aspects of why and how something happened as it did. I could not be prouder of everyone who participated in National History Day."


North Carolina winners:




Margaret and James Dillon, Hendersonville High School, Hendersonville. Senior Group Performance, eighth place for "Censorship:  How the Freedom of Speech is a Thrilling Right and a Controversial Responsibility." Also received medal as North Carolina's Outstanding State Entry for high schools. Lisa Dillon, teacher.


Quinn Schneider and Jake Johnson, Woodlawn School, Mooresville. Senior Group Documentary, twelfth place for "Rosenwald Schools:  Helping Communities Take Responsibility When Educational Rights Did Not Exist." Beth Robinson, teacher.




Emma Bass and Jessica Ruiz, Wayne School of Engineering Middle School, Goldsboro. Junior Group Website, twelfth place for "Child Labor During the Industrial Revolution and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938." Also won medal as North Carolina's Outstanding State Entry for middle schools. Jesse Pittard, teacher.




Amanda Biddix, Harris Middle School, Spruce Pine. Invited to the National Endowment for the Humanities' Breakfast on the Hill which recognizes students for their excellence in representing their state's history, and was one of 20 students to have breakfast at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Her junior documentary was "Sam Erwin:  Defender of the Constitution." Students spoke with home state representatives and senators, and Biddix met 11th District congressman Mark Meadows. Chris Hollifield, teacher.


Noelle Stroud, Christ Covenant School, Winterville. Invited to a Paper Writer's Workshop at the Library of Congress, one of 19 high school students invited. Her paper was "Henrietta Lacks: The Unwitting Heroine of Modern Medicine." Allen Guidry, teacher.


Caroline Kraczon, J.H. Rose High School, Greenville. Exhibit selected for display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Behring Center, for the exhibit "Filibuster, Gerrymandering and Pork Barrel Projects:  A Politician's Tools for Partisan Gain." One exhibit was selected from each state. Stephanie Noles, teacher.


Teacher Awards


Each year the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award is presented to a junior high and a high school teacher from each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, International Schools-Asia and the U.S. territories. Behring Award winners were recognized at the award ceremony, including two from North Carolina:


Lisa Dillon, Classical Scholars, Hendersonville. High School Winner, Patricia Behring Award for North Carolina


Kimberly Jamison, Swain County Middle School, Bryson City. Middle School Winner, Patricia Behring Award for North Carolina


Recent high school graduate Margaret Dillon has participated in National History Day in North Carolina since middle school. "National History Day has been the highlight of my summer since seventh grade. Now heading off to college I intend to pursue a career in history with a program or as a teacher. History Day has affected who whole life and I couldn't be happier!'


Amada Biddix still savors memories of her Breakfast on the Hill, and observes, "Getting to go to Nationals was a dream come true. There were so many students from other states and it was amazing to think that they all had the same interest as me: history. History Day has helped me realize a possibility of a future career in history."


For more information, please call (919) 807-7389or visit National History Day in North Carolina is sponsored with major support from the North Caroliniana Society, the N.C. Society of Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution of the State of North Carolina, and the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies, and is administered by the Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.


About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.


Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.  


NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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