Josie Calder '25 and Mrs. Tara Creekmore Selected to Attend Young People’s Continental Congress

Josie Calder '25 and Archmere History Teacher Mrs. Tara Creekmore have been selected to attend the Young People’s Continental Congress in Philadelphia this summer. Hosted by National History Day (NHD), this is the first-ever Young People's Continental Congress (YPCC). NHD has collaborated with Carpenters’ Hall, the home of the nation’s First Continental Congress in 1774, to produce a one-of- a-kind program for high school students from around the country, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress.
Josie and Mrs. Creekmore are representing the state of Delaware as they participate in monthly meetings with historians to explore the legacies of the Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence across U.S. history. The program culminates in the week-long adventure in Philadelphia, with delegate sessions at Carpenters’ Hall and site visits to Independence Hall, the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Held in July, 14 teams of two comprised of high school students and teachers from each of the original 13 colonies, plus one team from Philadelphia, will convene to explore our nation’s founding principles in their historical context and how they continue to impact our democracy. The program will expand in 2025 to include students and teachers from all 56 U.S. states and jurisdictions. 

Per the press release, NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn states that “National History Day is proud to be the lead programming partner of the Young People’s Continental Congress”. She goes on to add, “YPCC is a unique opportunity for students and teachers to explore the history of the principles and ideas that founded this nation in Philadelphia, the place where it happened. This is the perfect program to introduce in NHD’s 50th anniversary year, as we near the 250th anniversary of America’s founding.”
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.