Peru State College to host 33rd Annual District History Day

Peru State College to host 33rd Annual District History Day

Peru, Nebraska – Middle and high school students will participate in Peru State College’s 33rd Annual District History Day Contest on Friday, February 24, 2017.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Taking a Stand in History.” Participating students conduct research based on the theme and present their findings in one of five medias: exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers or as a website. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Justin Pfeiffer, assistant professor of history, writes “The history faculty and everyone at Peru State are proud to host the 33rd Annual Peru District History Day event. We are delighted by the enthusiasm and creativity displayed by students at various stages of their academic journeys, and whose hard work and passion shines through their project submissions.”

“We wish all the entrants the best of luck, and look forward to exploring and engaging in history together!”

Students will compete in two divisions: junior (grades 6 – 8) and senior (grades 9 – 12). Students can compete individually or as part of a group of up to five students. Papers are individual entry only.

310 students are scheduled, ranging from 6th to 12th grade, to take part in this year’s contest. Of those students, 96 are competing individually and 214 are part of 89 different group entries.

Participating schools include Auburn Public Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, Lourdes Central Catholic, Nebraska City Middle and High Schools, Pawnee City Public Schools, Saint John the Baptist – Plattsmouth, Syracuse Middle School, and Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School.

The top four winners from each of the five categories in this District Contest are eligible for the State Contest on Saturday, April 16, 2017, at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. The National Contest will be held from June 12 – 16, 2017 at the University of Maryland.

For the sixteenth year, the Peru State College Foundation will hand out the “Tested for Excellence” Awards. All senior division first place winners, individual and group, for every category will receive a $500 tuition grant to Peru State College (for on-campus classes).

The “We Proceeded On” Special Award will be presented to a junior individual entry or group who displayed extraordinary leadership in promoting a cause or idea. The award will include: a one year pass (to awardee and immediate family) to the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Center in Nebraska City, NE; a copy of the book “Undaunted Journey” by Stephen Ambrose; and a certificate.

Phi Alpha Theta, PSC’s History Honorary Society, is sponsoring the “Michelle A. Broady Award for Extraordinary Determination.” The award will go to a competitor that was nominated by their sponsoring teacher. The members of PSC’s PAT will review the nominations and make the award presentation.

The Kregel Windmill Museum in Nebraska City is sponsoring a special award for the best entry on a subject dealing with machinery used in agriculture, past or present.

Peru Historical Foundation is sponsoring a trophy for the best entry, individual or group. focusing on a historical event/innovation of Nebraska.

Nebraska City Museum Association is sponsoring an award with individual trophis for the best use of oral history interviews in an individual or group entry.

The Mayhew Cabin is sponsoring an award for the best entry, individual or group, using 19th Century African-American History. The recipient will be awarded an individual pass to the Mayhew Cabin and a book.

Arbor Lodge is sponsoring an award for best individual entry with a topic on the environment and/or Nebraska. The recipient will be awarded the book, “It Happened in Nebraska” and a one-year individual “Explore it All” pass from Arbor Day Farm and Arbor Lodge and Tree Adventure.

Nemaha Valley Museum is sponsoring two $50 cash awards to one junior and one senior “for entries with a connection to Nemaha County or Southest Nebraska.” The projects will be judged with the following criteria: Nemaha County Topic, Southeast Nebraska Topic, use of primary source material, use of oral history, and use of Nemaha Valley Museum resources.

For more special awards at the Nebraska state contest, check out their website at http://ne.nhd/org/Awards.htm or

For more information about History Day at Peru, visit or contact Dr. Sara Crook at or Dr. Justin Pfeifer at

Lucille Sharp presents the Arbor Lodge Special Award to Wyatt Volkmer with President of Peru State College, Dr. Dan Hanson

Lucille Sharp presents the Arbor Lodge Special Award to Wyatt Volker of Johnson-Brock with President of Peru State College, Dr. Dan Hanson


Ashley Peiman contributed to this release.