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Toledo Early College High School National History Day

Organized by: Randy Nissen

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THE STORY:

Toledo Early College High School is a partnership between the Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo. We primarily serve four demographic groups that are under-represented on college campuses: minorities, low income, first generation to attend college and English language learners. We have been very successful. Our students graduate from high school with between 30-60 college credits toward a bachelor's degree.
One of our major focal points is participating in National History Day. This remarkable interdisciplinary program requires students to choose a topic based on a yearly theme (this year was "Rights and Responsibilities in History"), conduct extensive research using primary and secondary sources, and then develop and support a thesis with a project. Project categories include the following: exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances and papers. Students first compete at a regional contest to qualify for the state level. If they win at states they can go on to the national level at the University of Maryland in June.

This year two of our sophomores qualified at the state contest in Columbus, OH to go to nationals. Delaina did an Individual Performance on the Death of Emmett Till. It was remarkable (see above). Brianna, another high school sophomore, created a website on "National Association of Colored Women".

Both of these girls come from backgrounds with meager resources.

We are asking for contributions to help defray the expenses needed to help them and their parents travel to College Park, MD for 4 days in June. The entry fee alone is $85. We just want to help put them up in a room and provide some meals.

Thank you so much for considering a contribution to the development of two wonderful human beings who need your help to reach their goals. These girls are workers. You would not be just giving to people who are just sitting back and waiting for aid. Please consider this an investment in two young people who are committed to the common good.

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