National History Day Announces 2014 HISTORY® Award for Service Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) is happy to announce and recognize the 2014 HISTORY® Award for Service winner Dr. Jami Forrester. Dr. Forrester is a professor at Northwest Arkansas Community College and is also region 10 History Day coordinator for NHD.

Each year during the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park HISTORY® recognizes and awards one individual who has made an outstanding contribution to history education through their service to the NHD program. Educators eligible for the HISTORY® Award for Service are nominated by their administrators, peers, or self for the award. To be considered, candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to NHD programs, exhibit excellence in the classroom, and extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Their work must also clearly illustrate the development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them make exciting discoveries about the past.

“National History Day firmly believes that quality teachers are the best educational tools that students have,” said NHD Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “As a recipient of the 2014 HISTORY® Award for Service Dr. Forrester understands the impact the NHD program has on students. She is a credit to her discipline and a driving force behind the success of NHD programs.”

For her service to NHD and her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide activities outside the regular classroom, Dr. Forrester will receive $5,000.00 from HISTORY®.

NHD is a non-profit education organization based out of College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These researchbased projects are entered into local affiliate contests, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by the HISTORY®, Kenneth E. Behring, Weider History Group, Inc., WEM Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Southwest Airlines. For more information about NHD, visit

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Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
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