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March 7, 2017 > History day competition comes to Fremont

History day competition comes to Fremont

Submitted By Al Minard

For the first time in more than 20 years the Alameda County History Day Competition is coming to Fremont. The annual academic event is aimed at students in junior high and high school and is part of the larger National History Day program. Set for Saturday, March 11 at John Hopkins Junior High School, this yearÕs theme is ÒTaking a Stand in HistoryÓ and is deliberately broad to encourage participating students to delve into history, whether itÕs a topic from the ancient world or the history of their own city.

Students compete in five categories:
¥ Historical paper
¥ Documentary
¥ Performance
¥ Museum exhibit
¥ Website

The historical paper competition is for individuals only but the other four categories are for either an individual or a group of up to five students. Competition starts in the classroom with the best creations going to the school level and then to county level, then state competition and finally the national competition.

More than 1,100 students will compete at the state level California State History Day competition. ItÕs set for May 6-7 at William Jessup University in Rocklin, near Sacramento. The top two projects from each category will move on to the National History Day competition which takes place each year at the University of Maryland in College Park. This yearÕs competition will be June 11-15. The theme for next yearÕs competition is announced after this event.

All students in public, private and parochial schools and those in home school programs are welcome to participate in the program.

The competition is stiff. There are four categories for both an individual and a group and one (historic paper) for an individual only, for each group of students, either junior high or high school. In each category only two can advance to the state competition and one runner-up at the junior high level and only three can advance at the high school level.

This is a fast paced competition with students in the documentary and performance categories having just 20 minutes to set up their equipment present the documentary or performance, answer questions from the judges and dismantle their equipment.

For younger students in fourth and fifth grades, California encourages to compete in History Day by making a poster on the theme.

Alameda County History Day Competition
Saturday, March 11
Museum exhibits open at 11 a.m.; performances and documentaries start at noon
Hopkins Junior High School
600 Driscoll Road, Fremont
(510) 656-3500

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