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Midland University to Host District History Day Competition

Midland University to Host District History Day Competition

Feb 17th , 2012

Midland University will welcome middle and high school students competing this Saturday, Feb. 18 in the Northeast Nebraska District History Day event. The competition involves middle and high school students from seven area schools.

Dr. Steve Bullock, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “A college campus is a great setting for these kinds of events. We’re interested in encouraging students to challenge themselves and to start thinking earlier about college. Midland is delighted to play a role in showcasing the hard work of these students.”

Bullock, who earned a master’s and doctorate in history, said, “National studies indicate that our society is less aware than previous generations of Americans of the historical events that have shaped our country and international relations. This is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the past and apply that knowledge to their lives today.”

Students will compete in several categories having prepared a historical documentary, exhibit, performance, or website examining a topic inspired by this year’s National History Day theme: ‘Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.’ Some of the topics to be presented include examination of the transcontinental railroad, women’s roles following World War II and reforms in post-communist Russia.

Dr. Jan Hults of the Midland History Department said, “It’s exciting to see student pour their historical knowledge into these performances and projects. We enjoy seeing their excitement.”

A three judge panel will evaluate entries and the top individual and team performers in each category will qualify for the state history competition to be held in April. The national competition is held each June.

Area schools taking part in this year’s competition include: Blair Senior High, Madison High, Pierce Junior-Senior High, Lakeview Junior-Senior High and St. Isidore Elementary in Columbus, St. Rose of Lima Elementary in Crofton, and Wisner-Pilger Junior-Senior High Schools.

This is the second annual regional History Day event at Midland, which relocated following the closure of Dana College in 2010. The competition convenes at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and concludes with an awards presentation scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Anderson Complex on the Midland campus.