The students and staff of West High School (WHS) recently received a Civil Learning Award of Merit. WHS was given this prestigious honor by the State of California for cross-disciplinary work and dedication to civic education through the History Day programs on campus. Two documentary teams from WHS placed first and second at the county competition in March and will represent Bakersfield at the state level this month. The first-place team produced a ten-minute documentary on the segregation case of Mendez v. Westminster from 1947.
According to the California Department of Education, the Civil Learning awards are designed to celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools. WHS’ History Day program combines the Social Studies Department with the Career Technical Education and Video Production classes to explore and preserve the history of Kern County.
The Civil Learning Awards are co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.