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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Holyoke social studies teacher Luke Thomas recently took five students to the prestigious National History Day in Colorado (NHDC) state contest in Denver, but it was the teacher himself who came away with an award.

Thomas was awarded one of two Patricia A. Behring Teacher of the Year awards. During the district competition in March, Thomas was awarded the Teacher of the Year for northeastern Colorado. He was also a recipient of an Emerald Award from the Holyoke School District in April.

Thomas was recognized for collaborating with the language arts department in Holyoke to include History Day into the curriculum.


Holyoke students perform well

The top three district winners from each category, both junior high and high school, from the 11 districts in Colorado were invited to compete in the state competition held at the University of Colorado in Denver May 5.

“The Holyoke students did a wonderful job representing the school and community, and the judges were all impressed with the presenters and their presentations,” Thomas said.

“Unfortunately, none of the students were able to win their category.”

The Holyoke students were competing with the top 20 or more students from the state within their category.

Competing in Denver May 5 were:

—Lori McWilliams, Junior Individual Exhibit.

—Shobi Burris, Senior Individual Website.

—Meg Strauss, Senior Individual Essay.

—Brenda Hernandez, Senior Individual Essay.

—Eva Penzing, Senior Individual Historical Documentary.

NHDC is a social studies and literacy program for middle and high school students. Each year 10,000-20,000 Colorado students participate by researching a history topic and creating and presenting a project around the annual theme of Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. NHDC has been around for more than 30 years, and was just awarded the National Humanities medal from President Barack Obama.

Holyoke Enterprise May 31, 2012