Northwest AEA sponsored a regional competition for National History Day on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City on March 13. The event pulled 229 students competing from 14 schools across northwest Iowa.

This year’s theme was “Conflict & Compromise in History.” Students could enter a paper, performance, documentary, website or exhibit to present their ideas. 

Teachers who regularly bring teams to the event repeatedly tell Judy Sweetman, coordinator of the event at Northwest AEA, how greatly the annual project impacts academic skills, work ethic and teamwork for students well into their chosen careers.

The judges are equally impacted by the competition. This year’s judges came from a cross-section of industries and fields. One judge was very impressed by the work she reviewed and said of a student, “"Her research blew me away. She used so many resources and she was so articulate. This would be an ‘A’ at the college level!"

Winners from the Northwest AEA event can be viewed here.

The state competition will be held on April 30 in Des Moines and the national contest will take place on June 10-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park.