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The results of weeks of research and preparation on the part of middle and high school students from Miami, Jay and Fairland will be on display during History Day at the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO). History Day will take place on Tuesday, March 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Calcagno Family Ballroom of the student union.  The awards ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. in the ballroom. This year’s theme for the competition is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

History Day is a national competition available to students in grades six through 12. The event came to NEO nine years ago because schools in this part of the state were previously required to go to Tahlequah to compete.  NEO was able to get a new district opened to serve students in Ottawa, Craig and Delaware counties.

This year, Nowata County has been added to District 10. Categories include:  individual and group exhibits, which involve setting up a display board and incorporating pictures and captions to create a museum-like display; individual research papers; individual and group performances, which require students to write and perform a historical sketch; web pages; videos/documentaries; and much more. “I’m excited to see this year’s projects,” said Dr. David Loving, NEO history instructor. “These students have worked hard. Many of their teachers have been coming to the competition for several years and have become very skilled at helping these students prepare their projects.”

The top three in each category receive medals and are allowed to enter the state competition in Oklahoma City.  In addition, NEO offers an overall, ‘Best in Show’ prize, known as the E.J. Grieshaber Award. This award provides a small stipend to help the top overall entry defray the cost of attending state. For more information contact Dr. David A. Loving at (918) 540-6346, or e-mail dloving@neo.edu.

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