Ladies and Gentlemen, this past week my father and I were out of town (I still had posts publishing as to throw off anyone trying to track me… tricky, eh?) in Washington DC for the country-wide National History Day competition. After winning first at the district competition, and first again at the state competition, we qualified to go to the national competition. (we qualified last year as well with the website A Revolution Comes to the Farm: The Story of the Center Pivot, you can see pictures of the competition here and pictures from the trip our whole family went on to get there here, here, and here.) Now that the contest is over, (no risk of the competition stealing our ideas) I can release the link to our site for this year: Turning Up The Soil: How The Dust Bowl Changed Farming. Below are some pictures of Dad and I’s trip this year.
First, we flew out on Sunday. And had opening ceremonies.
On Monday, we judged (the judges had already looked over our website but they interviewed us about our research, etc.)
Then, we drove out to see some relatives in Virginia. On the way, we stopped at the Bull Run/Manassas battlefield.
To the right you can see the Union Cannons, the Confederates were fleeing to the left across the picture and Jackson stopped. A colonel cried out “There stands Jackson like a stonewall!” they rallied and were able to win a victory.
We only studied the first battle, due to time constraints. You can read about the battle here.
On the way back to DC, we stopped at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center and got to see Space Shuttle Discovery.
While we were driving into DC, on many of the numerous overpasses an American flag had been placed for those driving through to see.
I don’t know what person/group is doing this, but if you’re reading this blog; Thank you for your patriotism.
On Wednesday, we first went to the Nebraska breakfast, where we were able to get a picture with Senator Deb Fischer and hear her speak, as well as the other four Nebraska representatives. No offense, but she’s my favorite.
We were also able to get a tour of the capitol (Courtesy of dad’s cousin; thank you Ann!). We saw the original supreme court room and many other neat areas. One thing I learned was that every state gets to pick two statues to be displayed in the capitol. One of California’s was (of course) Ronald Reagan. It was especially interesting to me because it was of Ronald Reagan in the center of its pedestal is a layer of rock from the Berlin wall.
The next day was the awards ceremony! Justin and his partner William placed third in their division with their documentary “Free Land For Free Men”. You can watch it below.
We placed as… FIRST! in our division! Absolutely couldn’t believe it. Dad took a video of us when they announced the winner. 🙂
Or you can see us from the official camera here: http://youtu.be/x5PGWd2e-U0?t=3h22m21s
We both got a gold medal and $1000 to split, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Here’s a picture of all four of us.
And one of me and dad:
After that we headed home! We ended up staying an extra night in St. Louis because our plane from DC to there was late… then we flew to Kansas City and drove home from their in a rental car. And adventure no doubt. 😉 Good to be home now.