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Peru State College to Host 25th Annual District History Day Contest Wednesday, Feb. 25

$500 PSC Scholarships to be Awarded to First-Place Winners


( Peru, Neb.) Nearly 250 students from 17 area junior and senior high schools will compete in Peru State College’s (PSC) 25th Annual District History Day Contest Wednesday, Feb. 25. This year’s theme is “The Individual in History.”


The contest, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. in various buildings on the PSC campus, is free and open to the public. It will conclude with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the College Theatre, located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall.


District History Day Director and PSC Social Science Professor Dr. Sara Crook said, “This is our 25th anniversary of hosting the District History Day Contest at Peru State.  Then Vice President Clyde Barrett called me to his office in the winter of 1984-85 to ask if I would direct this new initiative for southeast Nebraska. What began as a ‘one room’ event with one judge and just a few student participants has grown to 250 students and 44 judges scattered across 15 classrooms in four buildings. The growth and popularity of the competition has been amazing.”


History Day contestants will present their work in five different modes, including paper, performance, documentary, exhibit or Web site. Some entries are by individuals, whereas others are in groups of two to five students. The top three winners in each entry category will be eligible for the statewide contest held at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln on April 18. The national competition will be held at the University of Maryland June 14-18.


First-place winners in each of the senior division categories will receive $500 “Tested for Excellence” tuition scholarships to PSC. Special awards will be also be presented by the Peru Historical Foundation, Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City Museum Association and Mayhew Cabin.


Participating schools include Conestoga Junior/Senior High School, Louisville Middle School, Saint John the Baptist School (Plattsmouth), Plattsmouth Middle School, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Middle/High Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, Johnson County Central High School, Pine Hill Christian School, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer - Unified School District #7, Lourdes Central Catholic High School and Lourdes Central Catholic Middle School (Nebraska City), Nebraska City Middle School, Nebraska City High School and Auburn Middle School.


This year 250 students will participate in the event with 156 entries, both setting records for the contest.


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