525 Area Students to Compete in National History Day Regional Contest

Photo of Carnahan HallCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 8, 2013 – About 525 area junior high and high school students are expected to compete in the National History Day in Missouri regional contest March 15 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Students from Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Washington and Wayne counties will compete for the chance to advance to the state National History Day competition at the University of Missouri April 20.

The local contest will feature 296 entries from 21 schools and will be held in the University Center and Carnahan Hall. Those competing, the title of their project and the school they represent is available at http://mo.nhd.org/ud/php/admin_prReport.php?sort=state&cid=57.

The theme for History Day 2013 is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events,” and students will compete in one of five categories: exhibit, documentary, performance, historical paper or website.

Project judging will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the University Center and Carnahan Hall. Exhibits (located in the University Center) will be open to the public from noon to 1 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Rose Theatre in Grauel Building.

For more information, contact District 9 coordinator Laurie Hamblin in the Southeast Department of History at (573) 651-2717 or lhamblin@semo.edu.