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  • National History Day Students Recognized at National Level



    For Immediate Release:                                                   Contact: Mary Katherine Marshall

    June 19, 2013                                                             

    South Carolina Students Receive National Recognition for History Day Projects

    COLUMBIA, SC — Six South Carolina students received top honors for their history projects during the National History Day National Contest at the University of Maryland, June 9- 14.

    In addition to being a finalist in the Junior Individual Exhibit Category, Moultrie Middle School student Will Basco, received top honors from the US National Park Service and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Home for an outstanding entry on African American History. His project was titled, Emmett Till: The Catalyst of the American Civil Rights Movement.

    Middle school students—Vignesh Rajmohan and Paul Windsor of Greenville’s Sterling School, were also finalists for their Junior Group Exhibit The Sky’s the Limit...Or Is It? Rock Hill native, Kelsey Collins, a student at Saluda Trail Middle School, rounded out South Carolina’s finalists with her Junior Historic Paper titled Gray’s Anatomy...Not Just a Primetime Hit.

    The South Carolina Award for Best Entry to a Senior and Junior Project went to Tanner Slagle, a freshman at Horry County’s S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S Academy, for his Senior Individual Website Carolina Gold and the Fall of Antebellum South Carolina, and to Kelsey Collins for her Junior Historic Paper.

    PeeDee area student, Breanna Bradham, a freshman at Laurence-Manning Academy, was asked to display her Individual Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History to represent the Palmetto State during a special tribute event hosted by the museum and The Behrings, major donors of both the Smithsonian and the NHD program. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Behring met individually with each student at the museum. Breanna was able to spend some additional time with Mrs. Behring who took a special interest in her Title IX project. She was also able to interview SC Governor Nikki Haley while collecting research for her project.

    The South Carolina NHD Delegation consisted of sixty-two middle and high school age students who created projects related to this year’s theme: Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. At the start of each school year nearly 5,000 students across the Palmetto State are exposed to the National History Day Program which encourages students to immerse themselves in original research, projects and presentation skills. They participate at school, regional and state level contests to qualify to compete against more than 2,700 other students from the United States and International NHD Programs from American Samoa, Guam, China, Korea, South Asia and Puerto Rico.

    NHD is a year-long academic program for elementary and secondary school students focused on the teaching and learning of history. A recent study by Rockman, et al found students who participate in NHD develop a range of college and career-ready skills, and out-perform their peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science, math and social studies.

    “These students have not only deepened their understanding of their chosen topics, but have also been energized by learning. This program truly brings history to life for students,” said SC NHD State Coordinator, Mary Katherine Marshall.

    The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation manages the National History Day Program in SC. For more information on supporting the program, please contact the office at 803-896-6124.

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    About National History Day

    National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring, at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.


  • Foundation Officer Elections Unanimous Palmetto-History-logo

    For more information, contact:

    Mary Katherine Marshall, Executive Director


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 25, 2011

    SC Archives and History Foundation Elects New Slate of Officers

    COLUMBIA, SC–The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation would like to welcome their newly elected officers to the Executive Committee:  Chairman—X. Willard Polk of Camden; Vice-Chairman—Eric Wm. Ruschky of Columbia; Treasurer—Wm. Frank Lee of Lugoff; Secretary—Ruth “Lady” Hodges of Edgefield; At Large Members are—The Honorable Gary E. Clary of Central, and Charles P. Boyd of Atlanta.

    Officer Elections were held last Monday, July 18 at the SC Archives and History Center on Parklane Road in Columbia at the quarterly board meeting with unanimous approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

    The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation’s full Board of Directors includes:  Frank Beattie of Georgetown, Curtis Campbell of Orangeburg, Kathryn D. Durham of Columbia, Walter Edgar of Columbia, Eric Wm. Emerson of Columbia, A. V. Huff of Greenville, Phil Noble of Charleston, and Rodger E. Stroup of Columbia. 

    The South Carolina Archives & History Foundation supports the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. It is the caretaker of the South Carolina Archives, a collection of more than 325 years of historical documents recording the rich and diverse history of the people and government of South Carolina.  In addition to preserving the documentary and cultural history of the Palmetto State, the Department also administers a variety of programs through the State Historic Preservation Office that help identify, recognize and preserve the state's architectural and archaeological heritage.  

    For more information on how you can support the SCHAF, please call 803.896.6124 or visit 




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