Fast, Hamblin nominated for the Harris History Teacher Award

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jordan Fast of Sioux Valley High School in Volga and Taylor Hamblin of Pierre’s Georgia Morse Middle School were nominated for the Harris History Teacher Award by the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, South Dakota State University, administrator of the National History Day program in South Dakota. The Harris History Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by James F. Harris and is awarded to one middle and high school teacher annually.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle and high school teacher for this award. Fast is the high school nominee from South Dakota and Hamblin is the middle school nominee. The two $5,000 awards are presented to teachers who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest.

“Teachers are one of the greatest resources children have to develop the skills necessary to be successful in both college and their careers,” said National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “The nominees for the Harris History Teacher Award have shown a dedication to teaching that goes beyond the classroom.”

James F. Harris sponsors the awards in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. The two national winners will be announced on #NationalHistoryDay, June 14, 2018.

The two national winners will be chosen by a team of teachers and historians. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

About National History Day® (NHD):

NHD is a nonprofit education organization headquartered in College Park, Maryland. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

Press Release Courtesy of Gary Petit, National History Day Director of Communications and Matt Schmidt, Senior News Editor & Media Relations Coordinator of South Dakota State University  Marketing and Communications

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