FVSU to host regional National History Day for high school and middle school students

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February 19, 2016 – This weekend, Fort Valley State University is hosting an annual competition for high school and middle school students who will become America’s future historians. As part of this nationwide celebration, the campus is hosting Middle Georgia History Day on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8:45 until 1 p.m. in the Bond Building. Finalists from the qualifying competition will go on to compete in Georgia’s History Day competition. Winners from the state competition will compete with other history students nationwide in the National History Day competition, June 12-16, 2016.

Students are judged in several categories that include research papers, documentary historical films, and artistic performances.

FVSU assistant professor of history Christine Lutz is the coordinator for this year’s competition. She says the research that high school and middle school students have submitted to the contest has already impacted lives..

“We actually have some really astounding ,promising, research from middle and high school students,” Lutz said. “I’m always blown away by these documentaries. I always learn something new from them.”

Lutz says research from high school and middle school students have also helped reverse decisions handed down by the U.S. military.

“The first-hand research from these young people have led the reversal of two court martials that were handed down during World War II,” Lutz said.

Middle Georgia’s History Day is open to middle and high school students and home schoolers that are interested in history. Lutz said that 12 schools from Houston, Bibb and Taylor counties participate in the competition each year.

There is no entry fee for students in Middle Georgia; however if a late paper or website is entered on the day of the event, they will be charged a $5 late fee.

“It’s just really fun competition,” Lutz said. “The kids are so smart, and I am astounded at how much they’ve learned. They are so optimistic and hopeful about the future. It’s wonderful to see students that are history majors.”

For details, call Lutz at( 478) 825-1928 or (478) 951-4269.

Christina D. Milton, public relations specialist
Marketing and Communications
(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu