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High School Students Engage in Historical Contest

On Saturday, January 31, Sheboygan North and South High School students will take part in the 8th Annual Local History Day competition in the North High Commons.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. and awards are presented at 11 a.m.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. It was created by the history faculty at Case Western Reserve in 1974 and has grown into a national program with over 700,000 students participating annually.

The goal of History Day is to promote the study of history in schools by offering a creative forum in which students can express their scholarship. Working individually or with a partner, students create original research papers, museum style exhibit displays, documentaries, dramatic performances, and websites related to the annual theme. The History Day program empowers students with research skills, critical thinking skills and outlets for creative expression, which will enhance their academic abilities in all areas of study.

The theme for 2008-09 is "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies". The winners from Sheboygan have the opportunity to move on to a regional competition at the University Wisconsin-Green Bay on April 4 and then the state competition at University Wisconsin-Madison, May 2.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
January 21, 2009