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

The theme for the 2020 event is “Breaking Barriers in History.”

The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Both events will take place in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

The public is invited to view exhibits at 9 a.m. in Connor Ballroom on the third floor of Billingsly Student Center. Other events will be offered throughout the day on the second floor of Webster Hall.

More than 267 entries from 376 students have been received for this year’s event from students in area high schools, junior highs and middle schools. Students are entered as individuals or groups to present their research. Those entries include papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. Students in grades six through eight will compete in the Junior Division; grades nine through 12 will be in the Senior Division.

Participating schools include Carthage High School, Carthage Junior High School, College Heights Christian Schools, East Middle School, Joplin High School, McCauley High School, North Middle School, Neosho High School, Neosho Christian Schools, Neosho Junior High School, Neosho Middle School, Nevada Middle School, South Middle School, Seneca High School, Seneca Junior High School, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, Webb City High School, Webb City Junior High School, Wheaton High School, White Rock Elementary School, and area home schools.

Winners from the contest will have the opportunity to compete in the National History Day competition on April 25 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.