YSU hosts district History Day April 6

About 300 middle and high school students compete in Ohio’s District Four National History Day held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center.

Participants are from schools in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull counties. This year’s is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

National History Day is a program that encourages young people to explore historical subjects related to an annual theme. The contest is a culmination of a series of activities designed to help students learn more about history by using the content and methods of the arts, languages, literature, technology, and social studies.

Students in grades 6 through 12 enter district history contests. Their entries are judged by historians, educators and other experienced professionals, and winners advance to the state finals at the Ohio State University. State winners go to the national finals at the University of Maryland in June.

National History Day, headquartered in College Park, Md., began in Ohio in 1974 and currently involves 350,000 students from 48 states who compete for scholarships, prizes, and national recognition.