History was made on Friday, May 16th in Utah when House Bill 64 was signed. The bill, sponsored by Representative Jack Draxler and Senator Lyle Hillyard, placed future promotions, coordination, and administration of the Utah History Day program in the care of the Division of State History. The Utah History Day program and Utah History Day will take place the first Friday after the fourth Monday in January at the Capitol in Salt Lake City, UT.
See the complete House Bill 64 here: http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0064.html
Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill. Those in attendance included, Representative Draxler; Mrs. Marilyn Draxler; Senator Hillyard; Utah Division of State History Director Brad Westwood; Department of Heritage and Arts Executive Director Julie Fisher; Amy Oliver, Division of State History; Cynthia Buckingham, Utah Humanities Council; Dr. Ross Peterson, Utah State University Department of History; Terryl Warner, parent; Robert Austin, Utah State Office of Education; Tami Pyfer, Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education; Mike Homer, Utah Board of State History; Chris Sweeney, History Day Coordinator, Carbon County Region; Sara Hacken, History Day Coordinator, Utah Valley Region; Heidi Chudy, History Day Coordinator, Weber/Davis Region; JoLyne Merchant, History Day Coordinator, Cache Valley Region; Reid Chapman, History Day Coordinator, San Juan County Region; Laura Mower, History Day Coordinator, Central Utah Region; Kathryn Leany, History Day Coordinator, Washington County Region; Michael Wagner, History Day Coordinator, Uintah/Duchesne County; Betty Fairbanks, History Day Coordinator, Salt Lake Valley Region; Vera Pruett, Assistant, Utah History Day Wendy Rex-Atzet, Coordinator, Utah History Day; and Students: Tatiana Chudy, Natasha Pagel-April, Diana Baird, MacKenzie Wagner, Devin Palmer, Elyja Fowles, and Nikki Gate.
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