You’ve probably heard about how homeschoolers have been sweeping many academics-oriented national contests, like the Spelling and Geography Bees—but here’s a contest you might not have heard of yet! Join host Mike Smith today on Home School Heartbeat.
Today, my guest is Emily Asbenson. Emily is a homeschool and Patrick Henry College graduate, and now works for the Historical Society of Michigan. Emily, welcome to the program!
Emily, you’re the state coordinator for the Michigan History Day program, a National History Day affiliate. Would you explain what History Day is?
Sure! History Day is a renowned national academic program for students. Each fall, participants begin a historical research project inspired by the annual competition theme. They choose one of five categories to present their research: a paper, a documentary, exhibit, performance, or a website. Students become the expert on their topic.
They progress through local, regional, and state competitions in the spring, where they’re interviewed about their project by a team of judges. State winners join a delegation representing their state at the National Finals each June. Students can find their state affiliate, competition resources, and more information at NHD.org.
Emily, thanks for bringing this tremendous opportunity to our listeners today! Next time, we’ll talk about why the History Day contest is a perfect fit for homeschool families. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.