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National History Day
2013 History Day: Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events
Virginia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nevada
Ohio – April 27, 2013, Ohio Union, Columbus, OH
Oklahoma – May 1 – 2, 2013, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Nevada – Northern – March 30, 2013, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Southern – April 6, 2013, Northwest Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV
Virginia – April 20, 2013, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA
The George Washington Leadership Prize
Presented by George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
George Washington stood at the center of the world stage from 1753 until his death in 1799. He played a pivotal role in every major event surrounding the founding of our nation. His perseverance and often underrated ability as Commander in Chief ensured American independence from Great Britain. His presence at the Constitutional Convention assured legitimacy and, later, ratification. The precedents he set as the first president continue to guide presidential policies. His examples of civic responsibility and responsible leadership remain relevant examples today.
This cash prize will be awarded to an outstanding project in the senior category that demonstrates a clear understanding of the ideas and events that defined Washington’s leadership in his roles as commander in chief of the Continental Army, presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention, entrepreneur, and/or first president and connects Washington’s legacy of leadership to events and ideas of the 21st century.
We encourage students to research a topic on this essential man in American history. Ideas include involvement in the French and Indian War, service as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, presiding over the Constitutional Convention, the Presidency, and innovations in farming. To research a topic for consideration of the George Washington Leadership in History Prize here are some sources that will be helpful in your research.