Students from area school districts competed in the second annual regional History Day competition hosted by the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Department of History today.
Students in the sixth through the eighth grades competed in the junior division. Categories included papers, as well as individual and group exhibits, websites, documentaries and creative performances.
The top two finishers of each category go on to the state competition. State winners go on to compete in the National History Day competition.
The judges were drawn from faculty and staff at A&M-Texarkana, students and alums, including noted Civil War historian Dr. Tom Cutrer, and Ms. Teri Stover, Director of the John F. Moss Library.
“I was thrilled with our second annual regional History Day competition this year; we had Middle School students from the Texarkana and Marshall regions compete. Unlike last year, these students already went through local competitions at their schools, so the level of competition was heightened. As before, though, History Day is a fun, hands-on way for students to use their creativity to identify, analyze and explain an important event in the past, which is the core mission of studying history,” said Dr. Craig Nakashian, associate professor of history at A&M-Texarkana and event organizer.