It is a great day to be a Whippet! Whitewater High School freshmen Emma Weigel and Alex Martin were selected as national finalists for the 2020 National History Day in Wisconsin program. Emma and Alex, based upon their group exhibit, will be representing the state of Wisconsin at the national competition. The now virtual 2020 NHD National Competition will take place from June 14-18th at the University of Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. The top two projects in each of the five categories qualify for National competition. Students create a project in one of five categories. They can create a historical paper, interactive website, media documentary, museum-style exhibit, or a dramatic performance to present their conclusions. Emma Weigel and Alex Martin received the top award in Group Exhibit for their project the “All-American Girls Professional Baseball League”. On the school level, over 10,000 Wisconsin students participated in National History Day this year. National History Day is a nationally recognized academic achievement enrichment program. This yearlong academic program helps students build critical thinking and research skills as students explore a topic of their own interest connected to an annual theme. The 2020 theme was “Breaking Barriers in History”. To become a national finalist, each student competes in a local competition held at Whitewater High School (top three advance to regional), a regional competition coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (top three advance to State), and a state competition that is held on the University of Wisconsin campus. This stage brings all of the regional winners to Madison. From these regional qualifiers, judges select the top two in each category that will advance to the national competition. At each stage, their work was evaluated by historians, educators, and professionals in related fields. The Whitewater High School teachers who worked with these students and accompanied them were: Mr. Scott Phillips, Mrs. Kate Weston, and Mr. Dalton Miles. The entire WHS Social Studies department would like to thank all of the parents, local judges, WHS Principal Mr. Mike Lovenberg, Assistant Principal Mr. Nathan O'Shaughnessy, and the Whitewater School Board, as well as all who helped in the preparation and logistics needed to support the program. Best wishes to Emma and Alex as they move on to the 2020 National History Day competition!