Once again, DPMS students will be competing at Washington State’s National History Day competition! This is the second year DPMS has competed in National History Day. DPMS had 34 students participate at the regional level, presenting topics ranging from space exploration, to technology, to famous figures. Of those 34 students, 16 will be moving on to represent Deer Park at the state level in Auburn this April – twice as many as last year! We are extremely proud of the hard work the students have invested and thankful for the support, guidance, and extra effort put forth by DPMS teachers Katie Tucker and Kristoff Bultema – who have invested in significant ways to make this a reality for the kids. We wish the very best on the students as well as Mrs. Tucker Mr. Bultema as they head to Auburn, WA and seek to earn a trip to the National History Day event in June!

History Day is a nationally acclaimed history education program that challenges middle school and high school students to become historians, explorers, investigators and leaders. History Day makes history come alive through active student learning and educator professional development.

Students may enter one of five categories of competition- papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites-in the junior (grades 6 through 8) and senior (grades 9 through 12) divisions. They can work as individuals or in groups in every category except paper.

Students may participate at their local school or may enter their regional contest. The Eastern Region contest is held at Eastern Washington University and is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavior Science and Social Work and the Department of History. Students may continue on to State History Day if they are in the top 3 of their category which is sponorsed by the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma, Washington. (www.washingtonhistory.org/historyday).