The News-Times

Olivia Winter, a homeschool student from Timber, presented her project at the annual National History Day competition, held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area June 11-15.

“I was proud to be one of the finalists,” said Olivia. “I think National History Day is a valuable experience because I can test my skills against many other people. It helped me to become more confident when presenting, gave me the chance to study the things that fascinate me and to study them in more depth than I would have otherwise.

“Researching my project this year helped me to understand my world better.”

Along with Olivia, 20 other students representing Washington, Jefferson and Multnomah counties traveled across the country to compete in the 25th annual National History Day contest. Although no Oregonians took home cash awards, Olivia’s entry, a documentary on the infamous Tillamook Burn of 1933-1951, entitled “Out of the Ashes: The Inferno That Changed the Heart of Oregon,” won honorable mention.

The Oregon Historical Society offers cash prizes to three students at the local Oregon History Day competition, which took place at Concordia University on April 12. All students between the ages of 12 and 17 across our state are encouraged to enter the competition for the 2014-15 school year, where the theme will be “Leadership and Legacy in History.” For more information, visit

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