Central College News

History Day competition draws hundreds of students to Central

March 19, 2013

PELLA — More than 300 middle and high school students from central Iowa will compete at the regional History Day competition held at Central College March 27.

Either individually or as a group, participating students create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website about a historical event, person, issue or idea related to an annual theme. The 2013 theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

Entries are divided into junior and senior divisions and are judged by Central faculty, staff, current history students, alumni and retired educators. The top entries in each category will advance to the state competition held April 29 for the senior division and May 6 for the junior division at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines.

National History Day is a nationwide scholastic competition in which students grades 6-12 are encouraged to research a historical topic in order to refine research, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as other academic skills. Top finishers from each state competition advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest at the University of Maryland held June 9-13.

2013 marks the ninth consecutive year Central has hosted a History Day event. For more information, contact Lori Witt, associate professor of history, at 641-628-5212 or wittl@central.edu.