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Peru State College to Host 26th Annual History Day Contest March 3

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


(Peru, Neb.) Setting another record for number of participants, Peru State College (PSC) will host nearly 260 students from 11 area school districts at the 26th Annual District History Day Contest Wednesday, March 3. This year’s theme is Innovation in History: Impact and Change.

The contest begins at 9 a.m. in the College Theatre (located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall) and will continue throughout the day with judging of various entries taking place at numerous venues across the PSC campus. The day’s events will conclude with an award ceremony at 2:45 p.m. in the College Theatre.
The public is invited to attend any or all portions of the contest. There is no admission fee.

History Day contestants will present their work in five different modes, including paper, performance, documentary, exhibit or Web site. Individuals and groups of two to five students will compete. The top three winners in each entry category will be eligible for the statewide contest held at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln on April 17. The national competition will be held at the University of Maryland June 13-17.

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 Middle School (Nebraska City) and Nebraska City Middle School.

Because of this year’s record number of participants and entries (151), a judging pool of 45 volunteer history enthusiasts will serve as judges.

Dr. Sara Crook, PSC District History Day Contest director and history professor, notes that many of the judges return year after year to volunteer their services for this event.

She said, “Many of our judges are Peru State College’s own faculty or professional staff members, including some emeritus faculty who find this to be an enjoyable opportunity to interview middle and high students about their research. In fact, some of our former graduates in history and social science have returned to campus to serve as judges as well, which is a real pleasure.”

Crook also notes that around 30 current PSC students will assist judges throughout the day.

"It takes a massive effort to make sure each entry is viewed and interviewed by a panel of three judges. And then there are the logistical efforts of the PSC staff to prepare rooms, reschedule classes, prepare the awards certificates, document the winners with pictures, and a host of other related activities that make the event a success. It is certainly a team effort by the entire college," Crook said.

For more information about the contest, visit