The Social Sciences Department at Missouri Southern State University will host the annual Region 6 History Day on Friday, March 10.

More than 200 entries have been received from students in area high schools, junior high school, middle school and home schoolers. The theme for this year’s event is “Taking a Stand in History.”

Entries will include research papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries and 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 with a special interest in history.

Participating schools include Carthage High School, Carthage Junior High, College Heights Christian School Joplin East Middle School, Joplin North Middle School, Joplin South Middle School, Joplin High School, Lamar High School, Mount Vernon Middle School, Neosho Christian School, Neosho Junior High, Neosho High School, Seneca Iva E. Wells Junior High, Southwest (Washburn), Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and Wheaton R-III.

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.

Winners from the contest – one of nine in Missouri – will have the opportunity to compete in the National History Day event on April 29 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The state winners will advance to the national contest in June in College Park, Md.