Walcott Intermediate, Walcott, IA and Davenport West High School, Davenport, IA
BA in History, Middle Eastern Studies from Southern New Hampshire University, MA in Public History from Southern New Hampshire University
Jay Swords (HS)
2004- documentary, 2005- documentary, 2006- documentary, 2008- documentary, 2009- documentary
My favorite moment was during my 2009 competition, I was asked by the coordinator at the time to speak in front of everyone before the awards ceremony to speak on behalf of my experiences and what kept me drawn to the program.
I finished my undergraduate program in history, and am currently finishing my MA in public history, in which I will be prepared to work as an archivist or curator in museums.
Unfortunately I did not receive any recognition for my participation aside from the quick speech I made during my last year competing.
I have kept all of the dvds created with my documentary entries, as well as my research notes to show how I've changed my research methods growing up.
I have been constantly taking classes since my freshman year of college, beginning at Iowa State and then transferring to SNHU to finish my degree. I am currently working as an intern at the Evanston History Center with their archivist and costume curator.
I learned a lot about myself, as well as helped shape my career path to be something I love and do not want to give up.