Each year, students throughout the country conduct research based on an annual national theme and create historical papers, original performances, documentaries, creative exhibits and imaginative websites based on their research. This year’s theme was “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” The theme is designed to be broad and open to interpretation to give students the opportunity to explore any topic of interest, whether it was science, politics, the arts, or education.
The Berkshire Middle School projects are listed below. [NOTE: projects are listed in no particular order, with the student’s name(s) first. Click HERE to view photos of the Berkshire Middle School students’ projects]:
- Madeline R. | Effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
- Kelsey S. | Blaze of Change /The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York City, March 25, 1911
- Grace W. | Ku Klux Klan: The Burden of the First Amendment
- Kathryn S. | All Men Created Equal? / Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
- Tyler K. | The Olympians Who Stood Tall: Story of the Black Power Salute
- Maddie G. | The Vietnam War: Could it Have Been Avoided?
- Claire H. | Women at War With the Working World: The Story of World War II’s Rosie the Riveters
- Rachel D. | Nannie H. Burroughs (May 2, 1878 – May 20, 1961), an African-American educator, orator, religious leader, civil rights activist, feminist and businesswoman in the United States
- Molly C. and Sakthi S. | The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York City, March 25, 1911
- Lindsay S. & Ashley M. | The Monuments Men: The Responsibility to Preserve & Protect
- Josh M. & Cole C. | Jackie Robinson: Right to Shred the Color Barrier
- Peter F. | The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in the Roman Republic
- Kendall B. and Cassidy R. | The Greensboro Sit-In: A Counter Revolution
- Rachel N. and Megan P. | Love is Color-Blind – Richard and Mildred Loving vs. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), a landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
- Matt M. and Nate E. | Emmett Till: A Murder That Started a Movement
In preparing their projects, students were to consider the following:
- What are rights?
- Are responsibilities always attached to rights?
- Are there times when rights protect some while disenfranchising others—and is that fair?
- Are there economic rights?
- Are civil rights upheld at the same level for everyone in the United States?
- What are our rights as global citizens?
- And what about animal rights—do humans bear responsibility for non-humans?
The students were also to be prepared to answer judges’ questions about their project’s significance with regard to time and place, cause and effect, change over time, as well as impact and significance.
The National History Day [in Ohio] contests are divided into three tiers: District (regional), State, and National. Soon, students participating in this regional competition, including Berkshire, will learn if they’re eligible to participate in the upcoming Ohio History Day state-wide competition Saturday April 26, 2014. The top two from the state-wide competition will move on to the National History Day event, June 15-19, 2014 at the University of Maryland in College Park. This regional-level event was coordinated by the Ohio Historical Society and held February 28, 2014, at Capital University.