More than 250 local elementary, middle and high school students participated in the 2008 San Diego County History Day competition at Cuyamaca College.
"Cuyamaca College served as the perfect backdrop for this year's History Day competition," said Laurie Mosier, History/Social Science Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education.
According to Mosier, students were excited to be on the college campus to showcase their projects, many of which were based on more than five months of research, production, and classroom learning.
Winners were announced April 5 at the "Celebration of Learning" award ceremony at the college Performance Arts Theatre. State Assemblyman Joel Anderson spoke at the awards assembly, touching on the importance of history and civic learning. Anderson also presented students with awards and certificates.
"Every year the students remind us of how much we don't know," said Mosier. "The students wowed the judges in every category with their depth of research, analysis, and interpretation of their selected topics."
Santee School District's Kristen Musson's project, focusing on Global Sweat Shops, proved to be a creative interpretation of theme, while a live performance from Sabrina Devereaux, Jasmine Anklesaria, and Michela Rodriquez from Francis Parker High School on the Seneca Falls Convention received a standing ovation at the awards ceremony.
The following districts and independent schools participated in the competition: Cajon Valley Union, Diocese of San Diego, Grossmont Union High, Francis Parker, Jamul-Dulzura Union, Poway Unified, Santee, San Dieguito Union High, San Diego Unified, Sweetwater Union High, and Vista Unified.
Award recipients will be recognized at the May County Board of Education Meeting.