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Demetria Hayman

California Connections Academy student Demetria in a truck

Demetria Hayman is a California Connections Academy graduate. Her studies at Connections Academy prepared her for college, where she is excelling in her studies and participating in several community service organizations.

While at Connections Academy Demetria was a member of the National History Day Club, which encourages students to explore historical topics related to the annual theme and conduct primary and secondary research through archives, libraries, interviews, and historic sites. After conducting extensive research, students present their work to a review committee at their local community level and then advance to state and, possibly, national competition. National History Day is an academic program that has more than half a million annual participants nationwide. Demetria says that competing in National History Day through Connections Academy “was a great experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.” Below, Demetria shares her National History Day Club experience.

“My favorite subject is history, so I thought it would be fun to join the History Club. I really enjoyed National History Day because it was so involved. Through Connections Academy, we learned how to research over the Internet to find decent websites and search archives. I love California Connections Academy because it allowed me to do my work on my own time. That year, I had a job as a recess supervisor, took a Spanish class at my local community college, and was able to participate in National History Day. I could do my schoolwork whenever worked for me, which normally would be early in the morning! Also, the teachers are so nice and very willing to help.

My hometown is very small, and we do not have a lot of resources, so much of my research had to be completed over the Internet. I had to use what Connections Academy provided for me to research, such as archives, the message boards, and LiveLesson® sessions. I learned a lot in LiveLesson sessions. It was fun, and I made some friends in the club.

My project was on tanks, not just for specific periods of time, but from the creation of the tank to the present day. I was able to do a lot of interviews. I was able to go to Ft. Irwin, here in California, to interview a museum curator as well as multiple soldiers whose job was to work on tanks or repair tanks. I was also able to go through archives and get many books online from other libraries.” Demetria was a 2010 California State Finalist (top eight in Connections Academy) in the Individual Exhibit category.

After graduation, Demetria attended Johnson & Wales University, later transferring to University of Vermont, where she is a member of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society and participates in volunteer and community service projects.

I love California Connections Academy because it allowed me to do my work on my own time. I could do my schoolwork whenever worked for me, which normally would be early in the morning! Also, the teachers are so nice and very willing to help.
— Demetria