National History Day is a national competition for middle and high school students that begins at the county level. The winners work their way to the state level and then to the national level of competition.

This year's topic is "Turning Points in History."

The Alameda County National History Day competition was held Feb. 23 at the Oakland Museum of California. One hundred middle and high school students entered exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers and websites into the competition. Any event in any period of history could be chosen.

Sixth-grade Wood Middle School student Daniel Keep entered an exhibit into the competition at the encouragement of his history teacher, Nancy Ely. His exhibit was entitled, "The Battle of Britain: a Turning Point in WWII." He chose his topic because of his interest in World War II aircraft. He included two World War II airplane models he made with his dad as part of his exhibit.

Daniel was interviewed by two judges on his topic and asked to describe his exhibit in detail and explain why he felt the Battle of Britain played the role of a turning point in history. He was chosen as one of two winners in the junior individual exhibit category to go on to the state level competition in Sacramento.

-- Lori Keep



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