Dr. Keith A. Erekson, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Teaching Social Studies in El Paso Initiative , UTEP, directs you to the UTEP History Department hosting of a website on "El Paso History Day." At the moment it includes a wonderful list of its contest winners from the local schools. YTR hopes this list will be archived on the same site next year as the 2010 winners are announced. The many titles of the projects themselves are inspiring. The local sponsor is Dr. Charles H. Martin.
El Paso History Day
Self-described as: "El Paso History Day is a yearly event sponsored by the Department of History. It serves as the local (regional) qualifying event for Texas History Day and National History Day. National History Day is an educational program devoted to improving the teaching and learning of history in American schools. It is designed to provide a meaningful way for middle and high school students to study historical issues, ideas, people, and events by engaging in project based learning and research. The theme for this year's contest is "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies."
The twelfth annual El Paso History Day contest will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009, on the UTEP campus. Last year some 224 middle school and high school students registered for the event. Approximately 260 students from 24 schools are expected to participate in 2009. The categories in which students may enter are:
Exhibits—individual and group entries
Documentaries—individual and group entries
Performances—individual and group entries
Interpretive Web Sites—combined entries
Papers—individual entries only "
See the winning projects at http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=55305