Topeka, Kan. – More than 210 middle school and high school students from Topeka and surrounding communities will present on “Triumph and Tragedy in History” at Washburn University on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the District 3 History Day competition. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in Washburn's Memorial Union, with competitions beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Union and Henderson Learning Center. This is the competition’s 20th year at Washburn.
Nationally, more than half a million students participate in History Day events. Students select a historical topic related to the annual theme and then conduct research. They present their findings in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website. This year's theme is "Triumph and Tragedy in History."
The top three winners of each category are invited back to Washburn in April for the state competition. Winners at the state level go on to the national competition in June at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Washburn has a long history of supporting National History Day, and has served as the host for the District 3 competition since 1980. One participating high school student will be awarded a scholarship toward study at Washburn.