This year, students in HumanitiesDC’s Soul of the City (SOTC) youth leadership program at Cesar Chavez High School have learned about DC’s history through museum visits, field trips and conversations with guest experts. Students then prepared individual exhibits for the DC Citywide National History Day Competition at the National Archives on April 30.

We are honored to announce that SOTC student William Lawson III earned first place in the Senior individual Exhibit category at the DC Citywide National History Day Competition against fourteen other students from six different schools. William’s exhibit was entitled Henry Ford: Pavement to Glory.
William now advances to the National level of NHD competition, to be held at the University of Maryland College Park from June 14-18. Top prizes include cash rewards and scholarship opportunities.

Soul of the City LogoFor over a decade, Soul of the City has prepared students for leadership in education, employment and life, by empowering them to view their city and world through the lens of the humanities and respond to current-day challenges through creativity and team projects. Learn more about Soul of the City here:


Funding for SOTC is provided by the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Office Depot.