The Missouri Southern Social Sciences Department will proudly host Missouri Region 6 History Day on Friday, March 8.  Students from area high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools have been invited to enter.  Winners from the regional contest, one of nine in Missouri, will have the opportunity to compete in National History Day in Missouri on April 20 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Winners from the state competition may go on to the National History Day contest in June at College Park, Maryland.

 The National History Day Office has selected as the annual theme Turning Points in History: People, Events, Ideas. Students may explore any facet of World, American, or local history pertaining to the theme, so long as their entries utilize relevant primary and secondary sources and assess the topic’s significance in history.

An entry may take the form of a research paper, an exhibit [a display similar to a museum exhibit], a performance, a documentary presented as a video or PowerPoint, or a website.  Students in grades 6-8 compete in the Junior Division; grades 9-12  in the Senior Division.  Judges will include Missouri Southern faculty as well as volunteers from the community with a special interest in history.  Judging begins at 9 a.m. and  for most categories will be completed by noon.

The public is invited to view Exhibits, on display in Conner Ballroom on Billingsly Student Center, 3rd floor, and Performances and Documentaries, presented in various rooms on Webster Hall’s 2nd floor. 

This year, area schools have submitted over 160 History Day entries.  Participating schools include: Carthage Junior High, Carthage High School, Joplin High School, Joplin East Middle School, Joplin North Middle School, Joplin South Middle School, Mt. Vernon Middle School, Neosho Christian School, Neosho Junior High, Neosho Middle School, St. Peter’s Middle School (Joplin), Seneca R-7 School and Wheaton R-3 School.