"History Uncovered" February Award Goes to Team From Northwest High School in Cincinnati

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March 30 Deadline for ABC-CLIO's Research Competition for Secondary Students Approaches

ABC-CLIO announced today that students from Cincinnati's Northwest High School, working with library media specialist Bethany Miller, are the February winners of the monthly drawing for teams participating in the company's "History Uncovered" annual research competition for secondary students. Meanwhile, teams of secondary students around the country are busy working on finishing their projects in time for the competition's March 30 deadline.

Miller and her students will receive a $500 gift certificate that can be used to purchase titles from ABC-CLIO's outstanding print collection of reference books. In April, their research project, "How to Change America in 10 Easy Steps," will compete with others for more than $60,000 in cash and prizes in this unique competition for teams of secondary students working in collaboration with their social studies teachers and school library media specialists.     

The topic for the inaugural competition is "Select the top 10 people, events or places that have shaped the course of history." Coached by their teacher and/or school library media specialist, student teams will identify their choices and then defend them and present their research findings to ABC-CLIO in an electronic format such as a slide show, online essay, video or animation, or an audio podcast. Entries should be submitted in standards-aligned curriculum categories for high school and middle grades. For high school, the categories are U.S. History, Ancient World History, Modern World History, U.S. Government and Civics, and Geography. For middle grades, the categories are Ancient Civilizations, World History, and U.S. History and Government. To conduct their research, teams must use and cite one or more of ABC-CLIO's eight online history databases. For schools not currently subscribing to the databases, free access to all eight databases is available for 90 days.

Northwest High School teacher Terryl Meador, along with Miller, coached the school's student team. She commented on ABC-CLIO's databases: "I love them. They are very comprehensive and easy to use with loads of information, but also very kid friendly."

High school and middle grades grand-prize-winning teams will receive a digital whiteboard, a $500 school site cash award, a one-year subscription to ABC-CLIO's award-winning online history databases and a student cash award for each participating team member. There will be five high school grand-prize winners and three middle grades grand-prize winners - one per curriculum-aligned category.

"It is exciting to see the different approaches that teams took to their research projects for this competition. Working closely with the teachers and school librarians, they are building critical thinking skills, thinking historically and answering the question in creative ways," said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "We look forward to reviewing all of the submissions after the competition ends, but I know that choosing a grand-prize winner will be difficult."    

All grand-prize-winning entries will be showcased online in the "History Uncovered Hall of Fame." In addition, additional entries may be awarded a place in the "Hall of Fame" and receive school site cash awards, as well as cash awards for student team members.

To participate and be eligible for the grand prizes, teams should visit http://www.abc-clio.com/historyuncovered to register. More information about the competition rules and requirements is also available on that site. All entries must be submitted by March 30, 2009. Entries will be judged in April 2009 by a panel of leading historians and history educators, and grand-prize winners will be announced in May 2009.

About ABC-CLIO
Founded in 1955, ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference titles, academic and general-interest books, electronic resources, and books for librarians and other professionals. Today, ABC-CLIO publishes under five well-respected imprints.

ABC-CLIO serves the history profession, history teachers, and students and scholars of history with a complete line of award-winning databases, books and eBooks, along with social studies reference and curriculum resources for middle and high school libraries and classrooms. Greenwood Press publishes high-quality, authoritative reference books and general-interest topics across the secondary and higher education curriculum. Praeger is widely regarded for scholarly and professional books in the social sciences and humanities, with emphasis in modern history, military studies, psychology, business, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, visual and performing arts, and literature. Praeger Security International publishes insightful and timely material on international security, including defense and foreign policy, strategy, regional security, military history and terrorism. Libraries Unlimited publishes professional materials for librarians, media specialists and teachers.

ABC-CLIO's corporate headquarters is located in Santa Barbara, Calif., with offices in Denver, Colo., and Oxford, England. For more information, visit the ABC-CLIO Web site at: http://www.abc-clio.com.

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