Area Students to Participate in National History Day at UT

Posted Mar 30th, 2011 by Meghan Cunningham  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Nearly 200 middle and high school students from Lucas County and a dozen surrounding counties will participate in the National History Day’s District 1 program Saturday, April 2, in Rocket Hall at The University of Toledo.

Students will compete as individuals and as groups in the categories of documentaries, exhibits, websites, performances and research papers. This year’s theme is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences,” and there are more than 130 entries.

The event, which is sponsored by UT’s Department of History, will begin at 9 a.m., and an awards ceremony is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Alice Skeens, UT dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, will announce the top winners in each category during the public ceremony.

Schools participating this year include Toledo Early College High School in Toledo; Ottawa Hills High School; St. Aloysius School in Bowling Green; St. Gerard School in Lima; Toledo Islamic Academy in Sylvania; Lial Catholic School; St. Benedict School; and Pike Delta York Middle School in Delta.

The goal of History Day is to promote the study of history by engaging students and teachers in the excitement of historical inquiry and creative presentation, according to Dr. Cynthia Ingham, UT assistant professor of history, who coordinated the event.

“The History Day competition is a highly regarded national academic challenge,” she said. “Nearly half a million students participate each year.”

Award-winning entries from the District 1 event will go on to compete at the statewide Ohio History Day April 30 at Columbus State Community College, and state winners will compete at National History Day in Washington, D.C., in June.

Judges are primarily volunteers from the UT Department of History, both faculty and graduate students, and from the University Libraries, including the Canaday Center. They will begin reviewing entries and interviewing student participants at 9 a.m. At the conclusion of judging at 11:30 a.m., the results are tallied, and winning entries are announced at the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1520.

For more information on National History Day’s District 1 program, contact Deborah MacDonald in the Department of History at 419.530.2845 or Ingham at 419.530.2393.

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