More than 160 middle and high school students from 12 counties will participate in the National History Day’s District I program Saturday, March 21, on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus in Rocket Hall.
Judging will begin at 9 a.m., and an awards ceremony is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Students set to compete are from Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood counties.
Schools participating in the district event include Toledo Early College High School and Robinson Middle School in Toledo, Toledo Islamic Academy in Sylvania, St. Aloysius School in Bowling Green, St. Gerard School in Lima, Delphos St. John Elementary in Delphos, Pike Delta York Middle School in Delta, and Union Middle School in Upper Sandusky.
History Day is a co-curricular program that encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.”
“Students make history come alive as their research leads to imaginative exhibits, original performances, media documentaries and papers in seven different categories,” said Megan Wood, state coordinator for National History Day in Ohio. “History Day demonstrates that students learn history when they do history.”
Students participate in History Day fairs at the district, state and national levels. Historians, educators and professionals in related fields evaluate students’ work in each state. Award-winning entries at the statewide Ohio History Day May 5 in Columbus will be eligible to participate in the National History Day event in June in Washington, D.C.
The District I History Day competition is sponsored by the UT Department of History.
For more information on the free, public event, call the UT History Department at 419.530.2845.