Northland Prep Students Raising Funds for National History Day

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Two Northland Preparatory Academy students are celebrating an amazing achievement-an invitation to National History Day! 

For their first time participating in the contest, seventh graders Ella Downard and Joy Kim created a documentary on Malala Yousafzai that won their school and state History Day competitions. Yousafzai is the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner and a Pakistani native who has advocated for female education and equal rights despite hostile treatment and an attack on her life.

Having succeeded in the first two rounds, the two have a new challenge ahead of them-trying to raise enough funds to make it to Nationals in College Park, Maryland, with their teacher Elysia Pohl. The girls need to raise nearly $4,000 to attend, and they have established a GoFundMe page in an effort to make it happen. As of Tuesday night, they had raised $855 toward their goal.

The National History Day contest in College Park runs from June 11 to June 15. 2017 marks the first year Northland Preparatory Academy entered the contest, and they have plans to do so next year as well.
National History Day is a worldwide contest that gives middle and high schoolers the chance to research a historical topic of personal interest, and then present their project through a documentary, paper, performance, website or exhibit. Every year, more than half a million students around the world participate in History Day, and nearly 3,000 make it to the national challenge. This year, participants were asked to select a historical figure, past or present, who has taken a stand, and Downard and Kim chose Malala because of her important contributions to equal educational opportunities for all.
To learn more about National History Day, please visit the official website, and to support the students on their way to Nationals, please visit their GoFundMe page.  This fundraiser for NPA’s National History Day Club is a tax deductible donation.

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