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The National History Contest

Vol. 105, Prg. 31–35
July 11–15, 2011

Is it hard to get your students interested in history? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith talks to Emily Asbenson and Sharron and Emma Grace Thompson about how to make history come to life in a fun, challenging, and tailored wayŚNational History Day!

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Claim that Contest!
Fits Like a Period Glove
Beginning the Win
Proud Parent of History Day Winner
Now, That's History!


Emily Asbenson
Emily Asbenson is a Michigan native who was raised and home educated in Marquette. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in history and recently returned to her home state after several years in the Washington, D.C., area. Emily currently serves as education and awards coordinator for the Historical Society of Michigan, as state coordinator for the Michigan History Day program, a National History Day affiliate, and is co-editor of the Historic Michigan Travel Guide, 5th edition.

Sharron Thompson
Sharron Thompson is a married mom with two children. She worked for more than 10 years as a public school teacher, administrator, and supervisor. The National History Day Program was introduced to her family by a public school colleague that felt Emma Grace would enjoy the process. Guiding groups of students through the NHD Program over the past three years has convinced Sharron that the level of research required to excel in NHD will propel these students to great heights.

Emma Grace Thompson
Emma Grace Thompson is a homeschooled student with Berean Christian School in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has been competing in the National History Day Program for the past four years. Emma Grace has been a winner at the Tennessee History Day competition for three years and has medaled at the National History Day competition for two years. She realizes, however, that winning a medal at the competition is not the ultimate goal—making history come to life is a much greater success.

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Participating in National History Day is a great way to help your students become better researchers and writers and engage with history in an interesting and rewarding way! Learn more about National History Day and how you can get involved by visiting the National History Day website at the link above.

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