Local students’ documentary streaming in Smithsonian’s online showcase

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A short documentary by two local students has been included in an online showcase on race and civil rights.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Learning Lab and National History Day (NHD) have announced that 34 documentary films created by middle and high school students participating in this year’s NHD National Contest are now available to stream in a special online showcase through Monday, June 27.

The National History Day at the NMAAHC Student Documentary Showcase 2022 includes “D18: The Community Under the Highway,” a 10-minute film created by Victoria Carter and Elijah Wright. Both students recently finished their eighth grade year at Northside Middle School.

“During the last two years, we have all seen the dedication and perseverance of students who have adapted to extreme circumstances,” said National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “Yet, we are heartened to see that they continue to excel and innovate, learning about the past through deep research and expressing their arguments in such meaningful ways. We are also very grateful that the National Museum of African American History and Culture has shared their time and resources to showcase the stellar work of these history students.”

The 34 entries in the showcase were created by students from 22 states, as well as China, Singapore and South Korea. In addition to Victoria and Elijah’s film, the list also features another Indiana entry: “Negotiating the Ballot” by Aysha Still of North Central High School in Indianapolis.

The showcased films were screened and selected by staff from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and cover topics that are consistent with the museum’s mission.

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