For release: March 21, 2012
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
The University of Memphis will host West Tennessee History Day on March 24 from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center. Students’ exhibits, performances, documentaries,
research papers, and websites will all be based on the theme, “Revolution, Reaction,
and Reform in History.” First-round judging starts at 9 a.m. and second-round judging
at 1 p.m. The Award Ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Winners will advance to the state
competition April 21 in Nashville.
The event is open to the public at no charge. Parking is available at the Zach Curlin
West Tennessee History Day is the regional affiliate of National History Day (NHD).
Organized in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1974, NHD is now held in 50 states and the District
of Columbia, and it is expanding into Europe and Asia. Each year, more than 500,000
students participate by conceptualizing, researching, and writing archival-based research
projects which they present at local, district, state, and national contests.
In the process of exploring the past, History Day students hone their critical-thinking
and problem-solving skills. They become better readers, grow in self-confidence,
and perfect their oral and written communication skills. More than five million NHD
participants have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine, and countless academic
A flexible program that stresses analytical and conceptual skills, NHD does not compete
with state and federal educational goals, but, instead, helps teachers meet those
goals. A recent national survey showed that NHD students routinely outscore non-NHD
students as test takers, thinkers, and communicators. Just last month, President
Obama took the extraordinary step of presenting NHD the National Humanities Medal,
an award usually given to individuals, not institutions.
This year’s West Tennessee event will be attended by U of M President Shirley Raines,
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, and Cathy Gorn, executive director of National
History Day, demonstrating their support for West Tennessee History Day.
For details, contact Caroline Mitchell Carrico at 901-678-4721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.