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Wyoming History Day Has New State Coordinator

October 3, 2016
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Jessica Flock

Jessica Flock, a Wyoming educator with a long association with teacher training and humanities programming in the state, has been appointed state coordinator for Wyoming History Day.

The program, based at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center, is an affiliate of the National History Day program.

Flock has served since 2012 as the Wyoming workshop facilitator for the Teaching with Primary Resources program affiliated with the Library of Congress via the University of Northern Colorado. She has extensive experience as an educator, workshop presenter and business owner, and she has been an active part of the education and heritage communities around the state via presentations with the Wyoming Humanities Council and service with the Laramie Main Street Alliance.

Flock brings a passion and enthusiasm for history, geography and social studies to this new role. “I welcome the opportunity to energize and encourage students and teachers to participate in Wyoming History Day, and to make a positive impact on the lives of students and teachers throughout the state,” she says.

The National History Day program is a yearlong education program that culminates in a national contest every June. Wyoming History Day, administered by the American Heritage Center, occurs every year in April. History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state and national competitions.

In 2016, over 700 students from schools around the state participated in Wyoming History Day. The program has wide support throughout the state, including Wyoming students and teachers, the American Heritage Center, the Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and community businesses including Taco John’s, which sponsors an award for a student competing in the Wyoming History Day program.

Flock’s office is in the American Heritage Center. She may be reached at JFLOCK@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2300.


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