Founded in Cleveland in 1974, National History Day is a project-based learning experience for students in grades 6-12 that builds college and career skills for the 21st century by making the historical past relevant to the present and the future. To participate, students choose topics in relation to the yearly theme, conduct research, and present their findings as a paper, exhibit, documentary, website, or performance. In the process, students learn critical thinking skills through finding and evaluating primary and secondary sources, and they hone their creativity in building arguments and presenting their findings in one of the five formats. History Day projects, which may be done in the classroom, after school, or independently, empower students to become true scholars. Student projects are evaluated by volunteer judges, and the top projects advance to represent Region 3 (Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties) in a state-wide competition. Winners at state go on to compete at the national competition, where the top prize remains a 4-year scholarship to Case Western Reserve University.
The 2021 Region 3 Ohio History Day Competition will be held March 27, 2021. Please note that the regional contest, the Ohio History Day state contest, and the National History Day contest will ALL be held virtually this year due to ongoing concerns about large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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