Young History Buffs Compete In National History Day

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Who knew middle and high school students were such history buffs?

More than 150 young history fanatics gathered at the Washburn University Memorial Union Saturday for National History day, and to show off all they know.

Students from northeast Kansas presented their favorite turning point in history through choice of performance, research paper, documentary, exhibit, media or website.

They presented their research to peers, parents, teachers and a panel of judges from Washburn. The students were judged on their knowledge of the impact the topic had on society and culture.

Each of the students spents months preparing for the presentations.

Rachel Goossen is a history professor at the college and also the coordinator of the competition. "It's a really, really neat multi-tiered program where kids research history," she said. "They become engaged in doing history. They're not passive recipients, they choose their topic, they choose their format and they get to engage with the judges. They love it."

Awards were given out in each category and those winners are qualified to compete in the National History Day in Kansas contest on April 20 at Washburn University.

After that is the national competition this summer in June.


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