National Council for the Social Studies Endorses ABC-CLIO's History Research Competition for Secondary Students

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More Than $60,000 in Cash & Prizes to be Awarded in Competition Encouraging Students to "Think Historically

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It is wonderful to have another innovative contest program that we can encourage secondary students from around the country to participate in.

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) announced today that it has endorsed ABC-CLIO's annual research competition for secondary students, "History Ucovered." The competition will award winning teams of secondary students for exemplary research on the top 10 people, events and places they think shaped history, with more than $60,000 in cash and prizes. The deadline for entries is March 30, 2009.

As the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education, NCSS endorsed this new history research competition because it provides an opportunity for contestants to combine research, team collaboration, and presentation technology, and to think historically and critically about the people, places and events contributing to the world in which we live today.

"NCSS is impressed at the way that ABC-CLIO has designed this new competition to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills by linking the people, places and events of the past with current events," said Susan Griffin, executive director. "It is wonderful to have another innovative contest program that we can encourage secondary students from around the country to participate in."

Coached by their teacher and/or school library media specialist, student teams participating in the competition will select the top 10 people, events or places that have shaped the course of history 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 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 participate and be eligible for the grand prizes, teams should visit to register.

A team of students from Henniker Community School in New Hampshire have been working hard on their "History Uncovered" entries, coached by their school library media specialist, Carol Sweny. "We love this project," she said. "The kids are really into it, and the discussions that have been generated are fabulous."

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. 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.

"It is exciting to see the high level of interest that students, history teachers and school library media specialists have shown in 'History Uncovered,'" said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "It is gratifying to have the leadership of NCSS recognize the value of this competition by granting us this prestigious endorsement."

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.

About the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies. For more information, go to

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.

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