Hands-on history: Regional competition held at UW-Green Bay

Some 400 middle and high school students from across the region shared their perspectives — and projects — on “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events” Saturday, April 6, during the National History Day competition held on campus at UW-Green Bay.

The “turning points” theme yielded a wide variety of projects on topics from Coca-Cola to chemotherapy and Civil Rights. Students showcased their work in posters, papers and performances, vying for their chance to qualify for the state competition held in May. Eighty-six students made the cut and earned the right to compete in Madison, said UW-Green Bay archivist Deb Anderson, regional coordinator for National History Day.

“We are proud of the students who will be representing Northeastern Wisconsin at the state contest,” Anderson said. “The judges were very impressed by the variety and quality of their projects.”

The competing students were accompanied by family members and teachers during the daylong event. They represented 20 area schools and showcased 250 projects, which were judged by 125 campus and community volunteers. Judges and participants alike expressed their excitement about the event.

“Before the awards ceremony had even started,” Anderson said, “students were discussing plans for their projects for next year!”

The April 6 event was the 11th annual that UW-Green Bay has hosted. In the past 20 years, more than 5 million students have participated in National History Day competitions throughout the U.S.

More information on National History Day is available online. .

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