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National History Day Winner

Posted on 02/25/2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mrs. Amanda Reid-Cossentino, a teacher at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania contributed to a national publication, Herstory: Women in American History. Mrs. Reid-Cossentino created an activity about Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.

National History Day is proud to present Herstory: Women in American History, a publication from National History Day®, sponsored by HISTORY® . This resource, created by teachers, encourages fellow teachers to integrate the story of women into American history. In time for the one hundredth anniversary of suffrage, this work features the stories of women from colonial America through recent history, including those who fought for the vote. The book features a forward by Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The resource contains 20 classroom-ready activities based on primary sources that can be incorporated into American history and civics classrooms.

Women’s history is American history.
The women selected for this resource represent a range of accomplishments and diverse backgrounds. These activities can be easily integrated into classrooms and will provide an inspiration for students to pursue NHD research-based projects pertaining to women’s history.
“We are proud to share this teacher-driven resource with teachers around the world,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “National History Day appreciates the contributions of our teachers and the various strategies they use to engage students and promote historical thinking skills in the classroom.”

About National History Day® (NHD):
NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000

Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

HISTORY, a division of A+E Networks, is the premier destination for historical storytelling. From best-in-class documentary events, to a signature slate of industry leading nonfiction series and premium fact-based scripted programming, HISTORY serves as the most trustworthy source of informational entertainment in media. HISTORY has been named the #1 U.S. TV network in buzz for seven consecutive years by YouGov BrandIndex, and a top favorite TV network by Beta Research Corporation. For a deeper dive, visit or follow @history on Instagram, Twitterand Facebook. For additional press materials visit the A+E Networks Press Center at

About National History Day in Pennsylvania:
NHD in PA is the state component of a nationwide, year-long, classroom based program that engages students in hands-on historical research and exploration. Students select a topic based on the annual theme, research and analyze primary and secondary sources, draw conclusions, and work as individuals or groups to develop websites, documentaries, papers, performances, or exhibits to showcase their research findings. Over 12,000 students and 325 teachers participate annually. Students may enter their projects in a series of contests at the local, regional, and state level. More than 800 students attend the annual state contest. State winners go on to represent Pennsylvania at the national contest in Washington, D.C. Research shows that NHD students outperform their peers on standardized achievement tests; that NHD students are better writers; and that they develop critical thinking skills and learn 21st Century skills (

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