History Day is a national program which gives students the opportunity to be historians. OWL has been involved in History Day since the late nineties. All students in middle school (grades 6-8) and high school US History stuedents are required to complete a History Day project. Other students are encouraged to complete an independent project and may have a class period dedicated to this work.
Begining in the late fall, students conduct in-depth research on a topic related to the theme for the year and produce a project, either a paper, documentary, dramatic interpretation, or exhibit. The program fits well with the OWL social studies philosophy of demonstrating what you have learned in a project.
There are school, regional, state and national competitions where students present their research and projects. OWL History Day takes place in mid-February, where we showcase all the amazing work of our students and select the projects that will represent us at the regional competition in mid-March. The Regional event features projects from all St. Paul Public Schools, with projects selected to move on to State History Day in early May. The top two projects in each category at State qualify for National History Day held in Washington, DC in mid-June.
The last seven years we have had students win at State and make it to the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland. During that time we have had 6 National Finalists, 4 National Medalists (top 3) and two National Champions.
In 2012, OWL student Jennifer Lor took home first prize at the National History Day competition for her Individual Documentary. Read more about it and view Jennifer’s project here,
In 2013, OWL qualified three projects for Nationals (tied for the most projects from one school in Minnesota). Two projects made it to the National Finals and Grace Kellar-Long's Individual Performance on the Little Rock Nine took third prize.
Click here https://vimeo.com/77198417 to view Simon Dungan-Seaver, Eli Sage-Martinson and Bjorn Holm's junior documentary on the US Dakota War. Click here https://vimeo.com/72530527 to view Siena Leone-Getten's junior documentary on Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Click here https://vimeo.com/98999710 to view Eli Sage-Martinson, Bjorn Holm and Sam Dale-Gau's junior documentary on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Click here http://33370631.weebly.com to view Houadraa Lee, Amanda Hoffman and Ingrid Engelhardt's website on E. D. Morel. Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68U57yi9F1E to view Siena Leone-Getten and Paying Lor's documentary on Ella Baker.