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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State
For Immediate Release
June 24, 2009
Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning is pleased to announce the Florida student winners of the National History Day (NHD) competition in College Park, Maryland. After months of intensive research and success at district and state level competitions, 55 students from 14 counties represented Florida at the national competition in June. These middle and high school students prepared historical paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, and web site entries relating to this year’s theme, The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies. Florida joined about 2,400 students from 49 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Department of Defense schools, and an international school in Shanghai, China, as affiliates of the NHD program.
“I am proud of the students who won at the state level and represented Florida at the National History Day competition,” said Secretary Browning.
Listed below are the Florida winners at the national level
In addition to the student winners, Florida’s nominee for the PBS Teacher of Merit Award was a finalist for NHD’s teacher-of-the-year recognition. Ron Heller, who teaches 9th-grade Western Civilization in Pinellas County, received a PBS video library for his school.
National History Day is a year-long educational program that encourages students in grades 6–12 to learn research, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills through the process of historical discovery. The Florida students who advanced to the NHD contest were winners at the Florida History Fair in May. The Florida History Fair is one of the statewide services sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State. A list of state and national winners and FHF sponsors can be viewed at the Florida History Fair Web site at www.floridahistoryfair.com