WASHINGTON, D.C.— Maya Moise of Davie, Florida won first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category at the national finals for the National History Day® Contest.
Moise, a 7th grade student at American Heritage School, captivated judges with a project titled “Service Not Servitude” and was presented with this prestigious honor on June 15, 2017, the day celebrated as National History Day. This first place award is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and each recipient receives the designation NEH Scholar. “It’s a great honor to have our young daughter win such a prestigious award,” said Maya’s father, Haiti Ambassador-at-Large Dr. Rudolph Moise. “It shows how hard work and dedication pays off.”
More than half a million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia competed in the 2017 National History Day® Contest. Middle and high school students around the world created documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites based on the theme, Taking a Stand in History. The top entries from each state/affiliate contest were invited to the National Contest held at the University of Maryland, College Park on June 11-15, 2017.
“The National History Day Contest requires intensive research and analytical thinking skills,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Each student involved in the competition spends countless hours researching, writing, and editing. Only the top projects make it to the National Contest and it requires a truly superb entry to win. This is an incredible accomplishment for Maya.”
Founded in 1974, at Case Western Reserve University, National History Day® has grown from a contest of a few hundred students to a multi-national educational organization dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history. Students around the world, guided by more than 30,000 teachers, utilize the project-based learning framework that is central to the National History Day® Contest.
This fall, students around the world will begin creating entries for the 2018 contest under the theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. For more information on the contest and how to enter visit, nhd.org/contest.