Record Number of Students to Compete at 2018 Riverside County History Day

For sixth consecutive year, record number of students (426) and entries (227) from local public, private, and charter schools will participate with the 2018 theme of “Conflict and Compromise in History”

RIVERSIDE – Historical events ranging from the signing of the Magna Carta to the O.J. Simpson Trial will be the focus of the 2018 Riverside County History Day competition. The event will feature students from 48 schools in 13 school districts on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Valley View High School (13135 Nason Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92555). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

Featuring the 2018 theme of “Conflict and Compromise in History,” the competition will feature double the number of entries from the 2012 competition. Students in grades 4-5 will compete in the poster category. Junior division (grades 6-8) and senior division (grades 9-12) categories include:

  • Documentary
  • Performance
  • Exhibit
  • Paper
  • Website

The only categories open to the public for viewing will be the performance and documentary competition. The exhibit hall will be open to the public from 3 to 4 p.m.

Winners will advance to the National History Day-California State Competition held May 5-6, 2018, in Rocklin, California. Winners at the state level advance to the National History Day Competition, June 10-14, 2018, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

A brief selection of entries for 2018 include:

The Desegregation Movement of Riverside Unified School District: How Compromise Can Change History
Category: Elementary Division Group Poster
Students: Olivia Goodman, Emma Goodman, Sarah Goodman, and Eleanor Sosa
School: Tomás Rivera Elementary School
District: Riverside Unified School District
Project Description From Student: In 1965, the Riverside Unified School District was the first district in the nation to intergrate without a court order.

How Much Testosterone Does it Take to Make a Man?
Category: Individual Exhibit – Junior Division
Student: Georgia Jacomet
School: San Jacinto Leadership Academy
District: San Jacinto Unified School District
Project Description From Student: Conflict and challenges female athletes face with hormone testing.

Florence Nightingale: Conflict and Compromise in Nursing
Category: Individual Performance – Junior Division
Student: Julietta Lopez
School: Vista Heights Middle School
District: Moreno Valley Unified School District
Project Description From Student: Conflict and compromise in the reaction to the field of nursing during the Crimean War.

Magna Carta 1215: The Failed Medieval Compromise That Inspires Positive Change Today
Category: Individual Performance – Junior Division
Student: Wendy Hardy
School: Ramirez Intermediate School
District: Corona-Norco Unified School District
Project Description From Student: How the Magna Carta serves as a precedent for future documents that have secured the rights of people today.

The O.J. Simpson Trial
Category: Individual Documentary – Senior Division
Student: Evan Harr
School: Corona High School
District: Corona-Norco Unified School District
Project Description From Student: Highlighting the arguments of the prosecution and the defense leading to the final compromise.