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Area Students to Compete at North Country History Day

Student presenting project at North Country History Day
A student from St. Mary’s School talks with judges about her project at last year’s North Country History Day. On March 4th, 60 students will compete at Fort Ticonderoga, representing the region at New York State History Day in Cooperstown in late April.

Sixty students from across the North Country will compete in the regional New York State History Day contest held in the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday, March 4th. Students placing first and second in their categories will advance to the New York State History Day Contest in Cooperstown on April 24th. This year, our presenters are from Clinton, Essex, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties.

Participants research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs to present to a panel of judges. This year’s theme is ‘Taking a Stand in History.’

Students may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes.

“Each year two million students from across the United States participate in the National History Day program,” noted Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education and North Country History Day Regional Coordinator. “Recent research shows that students who participate in the National History Day program consistently outperform their peers in state standardized tests, not only in social studies, but in science and math as well. Students learn valuable research and critical-thinking skills essential to success in today’s business world.”

Members of the public are invited to view student projects from 1:00 pm-3:15 pm. Student-created performances run from 1:15 pm-2:15 pm, and exhibits are open from 2:15 pm-3:15 pm. The public can also attend the Awards Ceremony at 3:15 pm.

There is no charge to attend North Country History Day. Donor support makes possible this program and many others offered at Fort Ticonderoga throughout the year.

To learn more about North Country History Day and how students can participate, visit and on the “Education” tab select “Students.”

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