June 29, 2012
Dear Foundation Board Members,
Thank you for supporting my participation in National History Day through a scholarship. I was introduced to National History Day because it is a requirement of all eighth grade honors students at Moultrie Middle School. When I heard what the topic this year was, I immediately thought of Frank Lloyd Wright because he was such a revolutionary figure in architecture. My first step in the National History Day process was to gather lots of sources. I began my research online by simply searching Wright’s name. The next thing that I did was go to our local library to check out multiple books and biographies on him and his work. Once I had collected sources, I moved on to processing and taking notes on all of them. This was easier said than done. One thing that was problematic from the start of National History Day was the fact that I didn’t know how to focus my topic on one specific aspect. Instead I wanted to go for how Frank Lloyd Wright was revolutionary, which stretches over a broad spectrum.
By Christmas time I was stressed out because I felt that I had not done enough research. I knuckled down and every day over that Christmas break I tried to get a little research done. By the time that the school level of National History Day was finished, I was ready to be done with the project. I had spent too many long nights and countless hours on it. But when I had to turn in my project and I was able to step back and at the website I created, I was very proud of the work I had done. After the school competition, (where I came in as an alternate and by a stroke of luck, was able to go to regionals) I was back and ready to work on my project to make it the best it could be.
I made some minor improvements and decided that my website was ready to move on. When the regionals rolled around, once again I was proud of the work I had done on my website. This time instead of being an alternate, I was definitely going to state. Once again I tried to make improvements to my project such as adding more multimedia and cutting down my word count. When state rolled around I was pretty nervous because this was the first time I had to be interviewed by the judges. Of course, I knew a lot about my