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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 20, 2013

Northwest to host Missouri History Day contest Tuesday, Feb. 26

Northwest Missouri State University will host the Region 1 Missouri History Day contest on its campus Tuesday, Feb. 26. One hundred forty-two junior and senior high school students representing nine regional schools are scheduled to participate.

All events will take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union between 9 a.m. and noon. Exhibits will be located in the Ballroom and presentations will take place in meeting rooms A, B and C.

Students research a history topic of their choice related to a designated theme, which this year is “Turning Points in History:  People, Ideas, and Events.” Students then create projects in a variety of formats, including exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances and research papers. Topics chosen by participants this year include ancient Egyptian medicine, the invention of the printing press, the invention of the microchip and Sept. 11. 

Students are judged by the faculty of the Northwest’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences on the quality of their presentation, the connection to the theme, and, most importantly, historical quality and accuracy. 

Winners in each category will compete in the state competition in Columbia in April. The state winners will then advance to the national competition. 

National History Day is the nation’s leading program for history education in schools. It annually engages 2 million people in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information, contact Dr. Dawn L. Gilley, assistant professor of humanities, at 660.562.1839 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468