Ballard student National History Day qualifier

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times
Ballard student National History Day qualifier

Cheryl Blackmer, a student at Ballard Junior High School, is a junior national qualifier at the National History Day in Iowa contest for her presentation, “Combating Smallpox: Edward Jenner’s Exploration Into Immunization.” She has advanced to the 2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, June 12-16, at the University of Maryland, where she will compete against nearly 3,000 students from the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and international schools in China, Korea and South Asia for scholarships and prizes. National History Day is a year-long academic enrichment program that challenges students to research, develop and present papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances about historical issues, ideas, people and events related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”