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History Day

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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 students 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.  

Beginning 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.

In fifteen of the past sixteen 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 18 National Finalists, 7 National Medalists (top 3) and 4 National Champions.

Here is a link to an MPR story about HISTORY DAY at OWL!

Below are some projects from previous years.

Exemplary History Day Projects

Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grassroots Leadership


Silent Spring

Video by: Siena Leone-Getten, Junior Individual Documentary, 2013

Silent Spring- A Turning Point in Environmental History

Ella Baker

Video by: Siena Leone-Getten and Paying Lor, Senior Group Documentary, 2014

Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grassroots Leadership

Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Video by: Sam Dale-Gau, Eli Sage-Martinson & Bjorn Holm, Junior Group Documentary, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War

E.D. Morel

Website by: Ingrid Engelhardt, Amanda Hoffman, Houadraa Lee, Senior Group Website

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