Student competes in National History Day contest

Liberty Schultz

Liberty Schultz

LILBURN -- A Providence Christian Academy student who placed first at a state level history day competition in April ranked 12th out of more than 100 this week at the national level event.

Liberty Schultz, 14, placed first at the National History Day Georgia State Contest on April 27, earning her a spot at the national contest Sunday through Thursday at the University of Maryland.

Schultz said she had a good time.

"It was pretty cool," she said.

According to the National History Day website, each year more than half a million students participate in the NHD contests. "This highly regarded academic program pulls students out of the textbook to learn about history firsthand," it stated.

To participate, students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.

After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries.

Schultz used a documentary as her medium.

In addition to competing in the event, Schultz said she got to do some sightseeing as well. The trip as a whole, she said "went really good."

To view Schultz' documentary, "Influenza, The Shot Heard Round the World, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txBYO5FjvPA