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OCU Hosts History Day Competition
After proving their mettle at their respective schools, students from area middle and high schools will see if they have what it historically takes during the National History Day district competitions at Oklahoma City University April 9. Students from metro area schools will give presentations in an event that resembles a science fair. They have their choice to showcase their project through an exhibit board, live performance, written paper, documentary or self-made Web site. This year’s theme is “Innovation in History: Impact and Change,” which competition coordinator and OCU professor Jim Buss said, “will challenge students to come up with imaginative topics, as they explore the broad definition of innovation. I certainly expect to see some creative interpretations of that theme.” Some schools hold their own local National History Day competitions, with winners advancing to the district event. Winners of the district competition at OCU will proceed to the state finals at the Oklahoma History Center in May. More than 5,000 students are expected to participate at the state competition. Buss said the judging team for the regional competition at OCU is made up of faculty, staff, history majors and history buffs from the community. “We get judges from all over the Oklahoma City community,” he said. “Each judge gets the opportunity to interview students and ask them about their projects. The competition allows the students to turn the tables for one day and teach the judges, and the public, about their topics.” The two student classifications are the junior division for students in grades six to eight and the senior division for grades nine to 12. The projects will be on display in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9. For more information call Buss at (405) 208-5273 or e-mail