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First Lady Betsy Dalrympe (left) and Secretary of State Al Jaeger (right) present Elizabeth Miller of West Fargo, with a first-place certificate during the National History Day in North Dakota state competition April 8 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Miller took first place for her topic of "Spectator at Anton Illinois: A Period Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates" in the Senior Individual Performance Category. (Note: Credit photo to the State Historical Society of North Dakota).

West Fargo's Miller advances to national history contest

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West Fargo's Elizabeth Miller was one of 10 students who placed first at the National History Day (NHD) in North Dakota state contest April 8, at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The winners and are now eligible to advance to the NHD contest at the University of Maryland June 12-16, where top prizes include college scholarships. 

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Students statewide in grades six through 12 from public, private and home schools participated with exhibits, papers, websites and performances on historical subjects featuring this year's theme, Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

Miller's project titled "Spectator at Anton, Illinois: A Period Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates," won her first place in the Senior Individual Performance category.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. The program helps meet several state educational standards, furthering the aim of interdisciplinary and hands-on education, and promoting an appreciation for history from local to international. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials and Web resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes. 

North Dakota's National History Day program is hosted by the state's history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND).

The theme for National History Day in 2012 is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.  For more information, visit www.nhd.org or contact SHSND Curator of Education and State History Day Coordinator Erik Holland at 701-328-2792 or email eholland@nd.gov.

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