Feb. 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public + Media Relations Manager
MCC named a district host for National History Day competition
OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has been named a host site for the district National History Day 2020 competition. Students from Douglas and Sarpy counties will conduct original research and present their findings through exhibits, live performances, documentaries, essays and websites. The event will be held March 6, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
More than 300 students from area middle and high schools will be tasked with analyzing and interpreting original research pertaining to this year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.” Examples of competition entries include the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Rights Movement, the Cold War, Americans with Disabilities Act and more.
“National History Day provides students with the opportunity of fully immersing themselves in their own education. This is the first year we are hosting it at MCC and we plan on growing the competition,” said Amy Forss, MCC History faculty and NHD district coordinator.
An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at the South Omaha Campus. The top three winners from each category will advance to the state competition at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska in April. Special MCC NHD awards will be given by the Czech and Slovak Museum, the Great Plains Black History Museum and the Morman Winter Quarters Museum.
About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for teachers and students to engage in historical research. NHD is not a predetermined, by-the-book program, but rather an innovative curriculum framework in which students learn by selecting topics of interest and launching into year-long research projects. The mission of NHD is to improve the teaching and learning of history in middle and high school age students.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.