A little over a year ago, the Museum worked with National History Day coordinators from across the country to select a student nominee to represent their state at the Grand Opening of a new building on the Museum campus, the Campaigns of Courage: The Road To Tokyo.
This summer, June 8 – 10, we are again offering another opportunity that I wanted to make you and your teachers and students aware of, again involving all-expenses paid travel for one student and a parent/chaperone to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and again open to National History Day students.
Each year as part of its American Spirit Awards, The National WWII Museum honors great Americans across multiple generations for their dedication to education, service and leadership. This year The National WWII Museum is pleased to announce an important addition to the American Spirit Awards – the inaugural Billy Michal Student Leadership Award – to be given annually to one 8th – 12th grade student from each state and the District of Columbia who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community.
The 51 selected student leaders will be flown to New Orleans along with a parent or chaperone, all expenses paid, to attend the 2017 American Spirit Awards event from June 8 – 10, 2017, where they will represent their state at the prestigious American Spirit Awards. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities including a Q&A session with the American Spirit Awards recipients, explore New Orleans and go behind the scenes at the Museum.
While this opportunity is open to any and all students in grades 8 – 12, not solely those participating in National History Day, given that I work with NHD in addition to my duties at the Museum, I wanted to make sure that this award was on every coordinators’ radar as well.
While with previous Grand Openings, we have had state coordinators select a single representative from their pool of national qualifiers, for this opportunity interested teachers and students will be asked to complete an online nomination form with the Museum making the final selection. The deadline for nominations is March 3, 2017.
Obviously, I realize that the dates in June are very close – one day before in fact – to the beginning of NHD’s National Contest in College Park and many affiliate contests do not occur until after the March 3 deadline for applications. That said, what I’m working to gauge is if you would be willing to pass this information along to the teachers in your network with students who might be interested in this opportunity, whether they participate in NHD this year or not.
The link to the online application is embedded in the paragraph above which you can feel free to copy and paste. It is also here: