Chennault Museum inspires kids to learn more with National History Day competition

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is helping kids dig deeper into history on Saturday, March 16. They’re working with the World War II Museum to host a regional National History Day competition.

Students can bring in any kind of history project they want. It can be a website, a poster board, a documentary, or anything that helps show the story.

The projects will be judged by history experts at ULM. Those judges will critique and also give feedback and help the students learn even more.

The winner of this competition can go on to compete at the state level and visit the World War II Museum in New Orleans. The winner of that competition will then compete at the national level in Washington DC.

Winners can also apply for a trip to Normandy, France, to visit the World War II museum there.

"You can’t do enough to inspire kids to research our history, and that's something we do at the museum every day,” says Nell Calloway, president of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. “We look for all ways that we can inspire the kids to come here, to look at the history of our country, to be inspired by it, and hopefully they will grow up to be very patriotic citizens that have great contributions back to our country."

Calloway says kids from this area have been very successful in the competition and two students have won that trip to France.

"Our students from this area seem to do very good and we're extremely proud of that,” she says proudly. “We wish we had more participation from students because it's such a great opportunity for them. We're getting there and we have some good people signed up this year."

This year's theme is “Triumph and Tragedy”