The regional contest – one of nine in the state – will include students from area high schools, junior highs, middle schools and home schools. Winners will have the opportunity to compete in the state contest on April 25 at the University of Missouri-Columbia; winners at the state level will advance to the National History Day contest in June in College Park, Md.
Entries will take the form of research papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries or websites. Students in grades six through eight will compete in the Junior Division; grades nine through 12 in the Senior Division. Judges will include Missouri Southern faculty as well as community volunteers.
Nearly 200 entries have been submitted for this year’s event. Participating schools include Appleton City R-2, Carthage Junior High, Carthage High School, Joplin High School, Joplin East Middle School, Joplin North Middle School, Joplin South Middle School, Neosho Christian School, Neosho Middle School, Neosho Junior High, Neosho High School, Seneca R-7 School, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and Wheaton R-3 School.
Judging will begin at 9 a.m. and will be completed for most categories by noon. The public is invited to view exhibits on display in Connor Ballroom on the third floor of Billingsly Student Center, and performances and documentaries on the second floor of Webster Hall. An awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.