Congratulations to Windsor Charter Academy middle school history teacher Lisa Easton and her eighth-grade students as they won the Regional History Day competition at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley earlier this month.
Not only did Easton win History Teacher of the Year, but she will send four of her students’ documentaries onto the state competition in May.
This year’s theme was “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Students presented their research to panels of scholars — including faculty members from the UNC history department — and answered a series of questions about why they chose the projects they did.
The winning junior group projects were all created by the students in Easton’s class. The Fall of the Berlin Wall, The Bosnian War, The Iranian War, and one individual project, Nixon, will be going to the Colorado History Day contest hosted by the history department of the University of Colorado Denver on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver on May 4.
“History Day at WCA is a cross-curricular project, which includes history, English and technology classes to research topics and create documentaries,” Easton said. “The students worked really hard and tackled some challenging topics this year, like the Bosnian War and the Iranian Revolution. It is exciting to see their efforts pay off by taking their projects to state in May. The students are challenged by the research, script writing, creating documentaries, plus presenting at History Day and answering judges questions.”
The top two winners from each category at the Colorado History Day contest will advance to the National History Day Contest, June 9-13 in College Park, Md.