History is the Feature at Penn Manor

By Sam Valentin and Jake Shiner

This weekend the regional National History Day (NHD) competition returns to Penn Manor for the 7th consecutive year.

“NHD is a nationwide competition held annually to help students develop skills in historic research, interpretation and analysis,” said history teacher Donna Brady.

The regional contest includes students from four local counties where students from all the inhabiting school districts come together to compete for the chance to move on to the state competition and from there, nationals.

There will be several hundred students plus family members and teachers flocking to Penn Manor for the regional competition this Saturday. About 42 students from Penn Manor will be competing and hoping to go onto the state competition at Millersville University.

Some events will be going on during the day besides the exhibits. The McSherry’s will be having at least two major exhibits in the overpass hallway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibits will feature ball gowns throughout history from 1760 to 1970. The other will be a wild west exhibit.

The day will also include a history festival. Movies and games will be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Some of those include a Risk tournament, history challenge, Pocahontas and National Treasure to name a few of the fun events during the day.

Another very exciting event during the course of the history-filled Saturday at Penn Manor is the 1950s soda shop that will be held in Brady’s room. It will feature music from a jukebox and some very refreshing drinks. This will be held to raise money for the humanitarian projects.

Brady tells everyone, ” To stop in for ice cream and to play the jukebox.”

With all these events scheduled, it should be a great day. That will be fun for everyone who attends it.

“I like the whole mood of it. The excitement of history,” said Brady.

Brady doesn’t want to mention any names about competitors but did allude to the fact that she feels good about the winning chances of a few of the projects in several categories.

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