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Volunteers sought for 10th annual History Day event at UW-Eau Claire

March 18, 2014

EAU CLAIRE — Volunteer judges are sought for the Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition, to be hosted April 3 by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Center for History Teaching and Learning and department of history. This will be the 10th year UW-Eau Claire has hosted the event.

Approximately 315 middle- and high-school students from more than 30 schools in northwestern Wisconsin will participate in the regional National History Day event held in Davies Center. The event is supported by 40 volunteer judges. Students will enter projects from one of five categories: papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances.

"The students get really excited about History Day and the projects they have been working on," said Kate Lang, history department chair and regional History Day coordinator. "We're so grateful to have so many judges that volunteer to make History Day possible."

Students' projects are the result of research based on an annual theme and can be done individually or in groups. This year's theme is "Rights and Responsibilities." Students can advance through a series of competitions at local, regional, state and national levels. Judges for the event are volunteers from the community, Wisconsin Historical Society staff and/or members, K-12 and university educators, former History Day students, and college students, all with varying levels of history knowledge.

National History Day began in 1974 and became a national program in 1980. The Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day event first took place at UW-Eau Claire in 2005. Winners from the regional competition advance to the state competition in Madison and can progress to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

To learn more and register to volunteer as a judge, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org/teachers/historyday/volunteer.asp.

For more information about the Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition, contact Olivia McCarthy at mccartog@uwec.edu or 608-289-0756.

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