Eric Saldanha of Travis High School placed fifth in the nation at the 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held June 10-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park. He qualified for the national contest by placing first at the Texas History Day competition.
At Nationals, Saldanha was one of only two students from Texas to compete in the Senior Individual Website category, where he entered his original website project titled Perestroika: Deadly Reform for an Unstable State. He competed against students representing all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and international schools in East Asia. Contest participants were asked to address the contest theme of “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History.” Saldanha’s sponsoring teacher was Matt Lyons.
Each year, FBISD students have the opportunity to develop projects and compete in the National History Day contest. Research is conducted on a topic of the student’s choosing connected to the national theme. Project formats include documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers and websites.
For students who are interested in competing in the 2013 contest, the theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, and Events.”