Hundreds of pupils to compete at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN -- As many as 600 school pupils from five Northeast Ohio counties are expected to visit Youngstown State University on March 31 for the fourth National History Day district contest.
The participants will compete for the chance to advance to the state finals in Columbus.
The theme is "Triumph and Tragedy in History."
National History Day is a program designed to encourage young people to explore historical subjects related to an annual theme. The district contest is the culmination of a series of activities the pupils complete in school to learn more about history by using the arts, languages, literature and social studies.
Pupils in grades six through 12 are eligible to enter the contest, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and historians, educators and experienced professionals judge their entries.
State winners advance to the national finals at the University of Maryland.
Pupils form Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage, Ashtabula and Geauga counties have entered this year's event.
Teachers interested in having their pupils participate should contact the YSU History Department by e-mail at, by phone at (330) 941-3452 or by fax at (330) 941-2304 for details.
National History Day began in Ohio in 1974 and currently involves 350,000 children in 48 states who compete for scholarships, prizes and national recognition.

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