COLLEGE PARK, MD—Diego Regalado from Navasota placed 14th in the nation at the 34th Annual National History Day, a five day history event for students in grades six through twelve. By winning first or second place at their regional contest and at the state level competition, Regalado advanced to the national level where he represented Texas well during the National History Day contest held from June 9-13, 2013.
“We are so proud of the 83 students who represented Texas. All had very strong showings and the fact that 31% of their entries ranked 14th in the nation or better is an amazing achievement,” said Stephen Cure, Director of Educational Services for the Texas State Historical Association, the sponsor of Texas History Day. “Over fifty-five thousand students across Texas competed at the local level in 2013 to earn the opportunity to represent Texas in this contest, which sees over 2,800 hundred students from 50 states, 2 territories, the District of Columbia, and several other affiliates in foreign countries compete to see who has the best history research and presentation skills. Texas students triumphed over tremendous competition.”
Regalado, who is a student at Navasota High School, presented his Senior Individual Exhibit titled “Reform, Reorganize, Succeed: The Goldwater Nichols Act.” His entry ranked 1st at the Brazos Valley Regional History Fair sponsored by the Star of the Republic Museum in February and progressed through Texas History Day in early May and preliminary round judging at National History Day to rank 14th in the nation.
For a full list of students who placed or received special awards with their outstanding exhibits, performances, documentaries, interpretive web sites and historical essays prepared on this year’s “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events” theme, please visit http://www.tshaonline.org/education/students/texas-history-day/home.
The Texas State Historical Association sponsors the National History Day program in Texas in cooperation with the University of North Texas. Founded in 1897, the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) fosters the appreciation, understanding and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas. TSHA pursues the “actual doing of history,” from research, writing and publications to educational programs designed to support teaching Texas history in the public school system. For more information about Texas History Day or the Texas State Historical Association, please visit www.TSHAonline.org.