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Meet Your Neighbor – Randy Schnabel

Meet Your Neighbor - Randy Schnabel

Randy Schnabel is the Northwest Regional Coordinator for National History Day (NHD). Randy taught history for 34 years at Shoreline schools before retiring with his wife, Barbara, to their home and garden on Guemes Island. His passion for history continues as he coordinates the NW Regional National History Day Contest coming to Anacortes Middle School on March 17.

 

Just as with athletic and musical performances, NHD teams need an audience and a team of judges. Randy is looking for islanders willing to help judge. Click here for more information about NW Regional National History Day. For questions about judging, please contact Randy at randyschnabel@mac.com.

 

National History Day is a nationwide competition for 6th to 12th-grade students. Each year a new theme is chosen. Students use primary sources to research their topic that relates to the year’s theme. Individuals or teams then develop a presentation by gathering and evaluating facts. They choose one of five categories to present their argument: academic paper, documentary, performance, exhibit, or website. The learning process includes compiling an annotated bibliography and a paper that explains the process they used to research their topic. NHD not only promotes the study and appreciation of history but helps students learn to evaluate opinions and news sources. These are valuable skills needed in developing good, objective citizens in an age of “alternative facts” and “sound bite” news.

 

The 2018 theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

 

Just as with athletic and musical performances, NHD teams need an audience and a team of judges. Randy is looking for islanders willing to help judge. Click here for more information about NW Regional National History Day. For questions about judging, please contact Randy at randyschnabel@mac.com. You also might come away having learned something about history.

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