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BERRYVILLE 6-12 Gifted and Talented Seminar Classes


BO.S.S. Business Opportunities for Student Success

Through Capsim Foundations students make business decision for a multi-million dollar company for 8 years (weeks). The Capsim Foundation simulation experience is an engaging, immersive exploration of core business processes. Participants learn by running a business that simulates the management decision processes in a competitive environment. The Foundation simulation provides solid exposure to the essential elements in business such as the critical relationships among the key business areas of research and development, marketing, production, and finance. Two additional functional modules, Human Resources (HR) and Total Quality Management (TQM) are available with Foundation.

Fed Ex, Harrison Arkansas is the corporate sponsor for this business simulation competition for schools in the O.U.R. Coop.  They sponsor a 1 day shareholders meeting that includes student presentations before a panel of experts from Fed Ex. This competition is held each fall and spring of the school year.



NHD (National History Day)

  • Junior Division — grades 6-8
  • Senior Division — grades 9-12

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators.

In addition to facilitating the discovery of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills,
  • Research and reading skills,
  • Oral and written communication and presentation skills,
  • Self-esteem and confidence, and
  • A sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.

Sometimes, NHD students even change the course of history. The court-martial of World War II Navy Captain Charles McVay was overturned as a result of the research conducted by an NHD student, Hunter Scott, who became a Navy helicopter pilot. Four NHD students from Kansas City, KS, discovered the forgotten story of Irena Sendler, a Holocaust heroine who saved the lives of 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. As a result of their work, the impoverished and overlooked Sendler was recognized, memorialized, and had a trust fund established to care for her until her death.

And three 16-year-old NHD students in Illinois who produced a group documentary on the Mississippi Burning case, the murder of three Civil Rights workers in 1964, led the U.S. Congress to pass a bipartisan resolution calling on federal prosecutors to reopen the high profile case.  Because of these students’ exhaustive research – reviewing more than 2,000 documents and conducting dozens of interviews – more than 40 years later, in 2005, the FBI’s original prime suspect, Edgar Ray Killen was finally arrested, tried, and convicted of murdering James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman.

More than five million NHD students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine, and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD. Come and discover National History Day – more than a day, a learning experience!

*****This academic contest is facilitated regionally by Dr. Jamie Forrester at NWACC in Bentonville, AR.  Regional competition cost is $5.00 per student and includes a t-shirt for each student. Regional competition is held in March each year on a Saturday, on the campus of NWACC (Northwest Arkansas Community College)

 Dr. Pat Ramsey at UCA, Conway, AR is the State director. State competition is held in April each year on a Saturday at University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR.



Mock Trial

The Mock Trial is a two-day competition every year for high school teams who compete as lawyers and witnesses.  Our competition this coming year will be held on March 3&4 2017 in Little Rock.  Teams will compete in real courtrooms at the Pulaski County Circuit Courthouse and Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse in Little Rock.  Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three competitions.  We have a very large turnout every year, with schools from as far away as Izard County and as close as Little Rock competing for the state championship.  Judges and lawyers from around the state will preside over and judge each competition.  The winning team will represent Arkansas at the national competition in Idaho.  The Bar Association will pay for most of the expenses associated with that trip.

The competition is a great way for students to become acquainted with the legal system and to get experience thinking on their feet in front of real judges.  Some of our committee members competed in this competition while in high school, and they say it influenced their decisions to become lawyers. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

October 31, 2016    Case Materials Available
December 15, 2016   Team Registration Closed / Registration Fee Due
February 10, 2017       Official Team Lists, Certificate of Eligibility & Photo/Video Release Forms Due
February 23, 2017   Last Day to Submit Questions on Case & Rules
March 3-4, 2017  

State Tournament - Little Rock, AR






Senior High

Regionals--March 10 or 11, 2017
State--April 1, 2017
Finals at AETN--April 22, 2017

Junior High

Regionals-February 3 or 4, 2017
Finals--February 25, 2017



Also participating in:

  • O.U.R. Coop Math Carnival
  • O.U.R. Coop Invention Convention









  • ALL PROJECTS DUE 2/06/17
While most of the criteria for the National History Day project is the same no matter which category you choose, there are a few differences.
In general, all projects need to:
      Address the theme
      Include a thesis statement
      Contain accurate historical information
      Address historical context and impact on history
      Be supported by significant primary and secondary research that represents a variety of source types
         and perspectives.
The official similarities from the NHD Rule Book are below, and the differences are found in the specific category links.
Guidelines for all categories:
(from the National History Day Rulebook)
A. General Rules For All Categories
Rule 1: Annual Theme
Your entry must relate clearly to the annual theme and explain your topic’s significance in history.
Rule 2: Contest Participation
You may participate in the research, preparation, and presentation of only one entry each year. You may share research only with up to four other students who are fellow participants in your group entry. You may not create a common pool of research from which several entries are created.
Rule 3: Individual or Group Entries
A paper, individual exhibit, individual performance, individual web site, or individual documentary must be the work of only one student. A group exhibit, group performance, group web site, or group documentary must be the work of 2 to 5 students. All students in a group entry must be involved in the research and interpretation of the group’s topic.
Rule 4: Development Requirements
Entries submitted for competition must be original and have been researched and developed in the current contest year. Revising or reusing an entry from a previous year—whether it is yours or another student’s—will result in disqualification. The year begins each June, following the national contest.
Rule 5: Construction of Entry
You are responsible for the research, design, and creation of your entry. You may receive help and advice from teachers and parents on the mechanical aspects of creating your entry.
      1. You may have help typing your paper and other written materials.
      2. You may seek guidance from your teachers as you research and analyze your material,
          but your conclusions must be your own.
      3. You may have photographs and slides commercially developed.
      4. You may have reasonable help cutting out your exhibit backboard or performance props
          (e.g., a parent uses a cutting tool to cut the board that you designed).
Written Material
Your entry must include the following written material in the order presented below:
      1. A title page as described below;
      2. A process paper as described below;
      3. An annotated bibliography as described below.
Title Page
A title page is required as the first page of written material in every category. At the school level, the title page must include ONLY the title of your entry, category in which you are entered, your name(s), house(s), and word count. At other levels of competition, house information is no longer necessary. It should be replaced by the division.
Process Paper
All categories must include a process paper at the school level. At other levels of competition, the process paper is no longer necessary for the historical paper category. It must describe in 500 or fewer words how you conducted your research and created your entry. It should include 4 sections that explain:
      1. how you chose your topic;
      2. how you conducted your research;
      3. how you selected your category and created your project;
      4. how your project relates to the NHD theme.
Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography should include only those sources that contributed to the development of your entry. Sources of visual and audio materials and oral interviews must be included. Bundle photos or other materials from the same collection in a single citation. The annotations must explain how you used the source and how it helped you understand your topic. The annotated bibliography is not included in the word count.


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