Hello Washington History Day Fans!
It's day 1 of the 2017 National Contest and we come to you live from College Park, MD.
Today was all about the Juniors! Criss-crossing the campus, the students navigated the high heat and humidity to impress the judges with their incredible projects and months of hard work. When we say crisis-cross, we REALLY mean crisis-cross as this campus is huge! 1,335 acres huge to be exact, and we had students spread out in all corners.
Joan logged 20,278 steps on her Fitbit as she traversed the campus in pursuit of cheering on the Juniors.
In the pics below you can see Sadie Muller as she presents her Junior Individual Documentary on Temple Grandin. You can also see Isaac Vaa and Colin McAfee as they present their Junior Group Documentary on the Tuskegee Airman. (See pics below)
You can see Chelsea Davatos and Rose Kelly relaxing in the dorm lounge after their Junior Group Performance.
The competition was fierce and we learned this evening that we have one of our Junior Group Documentaries headed into finals on Tuesday evening. Ananya Nandula, Ananya Ganapathi and Layasri Ranjith from Evergreen Middle School are moving on with their group dcoumntary on the Tuskegee Airmen. (See pic below)
We ended the night by a visit to the teen dance in the Armory. Words can't describe "The Dance" but maybe the pictures below can help you to better understand "The Dance!" On our way to the dance we came across some Maryland wildlife as you can see in one of the pics.
You can also see Giovanni and Mikaila Bardessono as they rehearse for their Senior Group Performance on Tuesday morning.
Tomorrow is another big day as we begin the day marking off our seats in the Xfinity Center and then quickly head to the venues for cheering and support of the Seniors competing in the preliminary round.
Good luck Seniors!
And for now,
Mark and Joan saying goodnight...