National History Day is a nonprofit educational organization developed to encourage kids to become more involved and inspired by history.

   Every state can compete in this competition and the best entries from each state are moved on to the national contest.

   Seniors Adam Walter and Broc Mauch are currently preparing for their return to Washington, D.C. for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest. This is the second year in a row they have qualified for Nationals.

   Last year Adam, Broc, and Brad Ulmer worked together to make it to to the national competition. The theme was “Rights and Responsibilities;” their exhibit was over Agent Orange and received fifth place overall in the contest.

   The theme for the contest this year is Leadership and Legacy and they decided to do their exhibit over George C. Marshall. Mauch stated, “We started off the year in hopes to return to Nationals and that hope has continued throughout this whole process.”

   Their ultimate goal is to get first place, but regardless, they would like to be at least one of the top three place holders.

   Mauch’s favorite part of preparation for their National History Day competitions has been becoming good friends with his teammate. “Adam and I have become closer friends because of NHD and I’ve really enjoyed working with him.”

   Walter enjoyed the construction. “Building the exhibit and allowing myself to be creative in the building of it” was the best part of the contest for him.

   Both Mauch and Walter  have enjoyed the experience and are glad they have been presented with this opportunity for a second time.

   Mr. Doug Haar has been mentor through this experience. He offers his help to each of his competing students to ensure they reach their full potential and have a fair chance of making it to Nationals.

   Nationals will be June 14-18 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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