As far as the NHD project goes, all juniors are required to participate. Given the freedom to pick their own topic, there was a wide variety of people chosen, anywhere from presidents, to civil rights activists, to inventors.
Alexandria (’16) said that “[she] chose Madame C.J Walker because as an African American girl, [she] has recently had a growing interest in learning about [her] hair and how to care for it…[she] knew that Madame walker opened the doors for countless African American hair care companies, thought that was inspirational and wanted to learn more about her leadership and legacy.”
Anthony (’16) said that he “decided to pick Marion Barry because [he] wanted to study a person based in the civil rights movement and because [he] had also heard of Barry in the Washington Post as being a local political figure as well as a controversial leader…[he] came to the final decision of Mayor Barry once [he] learned about his life.”
Although for many it was tedious, the final outcome was outstanding and the hard work definitely payed off for these two students. Alexandria said, “the most enjoyable part of the NHD process was when I interviewed Madame Walker’s great-great granddaughter, also Madame’s biographer…after I had done so much research, it was amazing to see a part of her legacy right in front of my eyes.”
As much as he enjoyed the overall process of NHD, “[his] favorite part was being able to revise and edit [his] website to make it the best that it can be…also, the continued learning process of Marion Barry is really interesting,” he said.
Not only did Anthony and Alexandria accomplished a great amount, Bullis A.P. US History teacher Sara Romeyn was also recognized for her outstanding work with her history students and was awarded with the Patricia Behring High School Teacher of the Year Award for the state of Maryland, which is a huge accomplishment, and in June, Dr. Romeyn will compete against 49 other teachers from around the country for the National Teacher of the Year Award.
The Bulldog congratulates all of the students who moved on to county and state level competitions, and wishes the best of luck to Anthony and Alexandria as they travel to the National History Day competition in June, as well as to Dr. Romeyn as she competes for the National Teacher of the Year Award.