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Last update: 3/31/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 31, 2008

National History contest will bring student historians to UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY-Middle- and high school students from 18 schools throughout northeastern Wisconsin, along with teachers and family members, will gather on Saturday, April 5 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for regional competition in the National History Day contest.

A record 323 students will bring 187 projects papers, websites, exhibits, documentaries and performances on the national theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History" for judging. The first northeastern Wisconsin competition was organized at UW-Green Bay in 2003 and the regional contest quickly grew to become the largest in the state. The national observance was founded in 1974.

Schools represented include Mount Carmel Academy and Red Smith Middle School in Green Bay; Kaleidoscope Academy, St. Joseph Middle School, and West High School in Appleton; Gibraltar Middle and High Schools; Lincoln High School and Wilson Junior High School in Manitowoc; Horace Mann Middle School and North and South High Schools in Sheboygan; Freedom Middle School; Bay View Middle School in Howard-Suamico; Kimberly High School; Kohler Middle School; Shiocton Middle School; and Suring High School.

Students have been working throughout the school year to develop projects on topics as varied as the Black Panther Party vs. the Oakland Police, the Seymour (Wis.) Burger Battle, and Shoeless Joe Jackson to address the national theme. They may enter papers or websites as individuals. Individuals or groups may enter exhibits, documentaries and performances.

Judges will select entries to advance to state competition May 3 in Madison, and winners at that level will compete in the national contest June 15-19 in Washington, D.C. Some projects by northeastern Wisconsin students have advanced to national competition each year since the area contest began.

More than 120 volunteers from the UW-Green Bay campus and the community will serve as judges and room monitors. The judges represent a wide variety of expertise. Volunteers include UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students from various disciplines, along with community teachers, local historians, webmasters, journalists, librarians, police officers, and business people.

Sponsors for the 2008 contest include Brown County Historical Society, Brown County Federation of History Museums, Jean Nicolet Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, Wisconsin Labor History Society, Shopko Foundation, Viking Press, Sodexho at UW-Green Bay, the Institute for Learning Partnership at UW-Green Bay, the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association, and the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library.

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