‘Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History’ Theme of 2016 History Day


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 7, 2016 – “Exploration, Encounter Exchange in History” will be the theme when 400 area junior and senior high school students compete in the annual History Day contest March 11 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon, with an awards ceremony to follow in Academic Hall Auditorium. Contests are held in both the University Center and Carnahan Hall.

Area junior and senior high school students compete in categories, including dramatic performance, website design, documentaries, paper presentations and exhibit.

Participating schools this year are Central Junior High School, Gideon High School, Greenville Junior High, Ste. Genevieve Middle School, Bernie High School, Bloomfield Middle School, Richland R-1 School, Clearwater Middle School, Gideon High School, Risco R-2 Schools, Clearwater High School, St. Mary Cathedral School and Greenville Junior High.

Winners advance to the state competition April 30 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Top winners in each category at the state level earn the opportunity to serve as Missouri delegates to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland in June.

The State Historical Society of Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, administers National History Day in Missouri. More than 3,000 students participate in local and regional competitions each year, with nearly 600 advancing to the state contest.

Dr. Adam Criblez, director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast, says about 30 judges are needed for the March 11 contest at Southeast. The judges will work in collaboration with a partner or team and, given a set of guidelines, will score the student projects. Judges also collaborate with larger groups to determine winners. Those interested in volunteering to judge should contact Laurie Hamblin at lhamblin@semo.edu.