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Park Hosts District 9 National History Day Event

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, working in partnership with the Ohio Historical Society and the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, hosted this year’s District 9 National History Day in Ohio.

History Day is an exciting co-curricular program that makes history come alive for students as they explore a historical topic related to an annual theme. Students learn history by doing history as their research leads them to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites, and papers. The 2012 National History Day theme is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

The District 9 event found a new home this year on Saturday March 10th in Chillicothe on campus at Ohio University, hosted by the National Park Service. The competition hosted 123 students in 6th to 12th grades representing 13 southern Ohio schools. Students entered 30 individual projects and 37 group projects for a total of 67 entries.

Student volunteers from Paint Valley High School in Chillicothe assisted park staff with event coordination as part of a service-learning project they are completing in preparation for a class trip to Grand Canyon National Park. Judging was carried out by historians and educators from the local and neighboring communities. Students were interviewed and each project was assessed by the volunteer judge teams for historical quality, relation to theme, clarity of presentation, and rules compliance. At the completion of the contest, 23 projects were selected to move on to the state level competition.

District competitions run throughout March. Over 8,000 students participated in the program statewide in 2011. Students first participate in a district level contest, where they compete for the opportunity to move on to the state level contest on Ohio History Day. The Ohio History Day state-level contest is April 28, 2012 at the Union at Ohio State University.  Students in grades 6-12 will compete to earn scholarships, special awards and ultimately a chance to represent Ohio at the national event. To learn more, visit .


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