Jackson Hole students to represent Wyoming at National History Day competition

May 14, 2013

Thirteen Jackson Hole High School students swept the preliminary rounds of a competition that will take them to Washington, DC next month, where they’ll represent Wyoming at the National History Day competition.

Fifteen-year old Bella Wood is a student in teacher Jeff Brazil’s Honors U.S. History class, which participated in the contest themed “Turning Points in History.” She says this is her second chance to take a project to the national competition. Wood says they’re experiences she’ll take with her into college and beyond.

“The skills that you learn with national history day will really stick with you for the rest of your life, the research skills, the writing skills, and the movie-making skills. I made a documentary about the mineral leasing act of 1920. It was a lot of work, because it was a lot of law. But it was really fun and really cool,” says Wood.

Wood says students are hoping to raise $10,000 to attend the national event on Wednesday, May 15.

“It is a spaghetti dinner at 6:30 in the Jackson Hole High School commons. And we will be offering a silent auction of our services and baked goods. And 100% of its proceeds will go to sponsoring 13 of us to go to DC,” says Wood.

Wood’s teacher, Jeff Brazil, was recently awarded the Educator of the Year award for his work with National History Day.