On 14 April 2012, for the third consecutive year, NVAHOF Director Thornton D. “TD” Barnes participated as a senior judge at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy for judging Nevada student websites to advance to the National History Day competition. The National competition will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland June 10-14, 2012. The theme for National History Day 2012 was Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. In judging the student websites, the judges took into consideration the students’ ability to use web site design software and computer technology to communicate the topic’s significance in history. The judges evaluated the websites for historical quality, clarity of presentation, relationship to the theme, and rule compliance. Barnes reported a significant increase in the depth and quality of the websites this year over the past years. The host, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, served a working breakfast and lunch for the judges. Keynote speaker at the awards ceremony was John Oceguera, Assembly Speaker, Nevada Legislature & Candidate for US House of Representatives. Brian Boothe, Nevada History Day CoCoordinator presented the awards to the students earning first and second place in the judging. An honorable mention was made for the students’ website earning third place. Serving as judges with Barnes for the Senior Division were Sondra Cosgrove, Ph.D., History Professor Department of Social Sciences, College of Southern Nevada, and Megan Downs, Media Relations Specialist with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Barnes and the other judges will follow up with work sessions with the students to sharpen their presentation skills and confidence prior to the students competing in the national competition. “These students”, Barnes said, “are our nation’s future”.
The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) was incorporated in the State of Nevada on December 1, 2008 as a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for educational purposes under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and received tax exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on November 9, 2009. The NVAHOF currently operates as an educational resource and virtual museum through our website, www.nvahof.org . We offer the general public information related to the history of aviation and space through our virtual museum, speakers bureau, access to our historical archives holdings, recommendation of related books on related subjects and our annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Our mission is to educate the public regarding the history of aviation in Nevada, the contribution of Nevada citizens to the development of worldwide aviation and to preserve the legacy of those men and women who pioneered and advanced our nation’s aerospace programs within the State of Nevada.