» By KATELYN HAMAKER – khamaker1@my.apsu.edu

APSU has been selected to host the Tennessee History Day Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 22, where more than 300 students grades 6-12 in the area will compete with their knowledge of history.

This is one of six preliminary competitions within other regions of Tennessee and the winners will advance to the statewide history competition.

The theme of this year’s History Day is Revolution, Reaction and Reform. The participants will mold their work into projects in various categories such as performance, websites, posters, papers and documentary film.

History Day was created in the 1970s to stir up excitement in students about the subject of history. Today, more than half a million students participate in the competition and learn to hone and develop their cognitive skills.

Not only is this a great opportunity for grade school students, it is also a helpful way to promote interest in APSU.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the university to students who, in the next year or two, are going to be thinking about college,” Kristofer Ray, assistant professor of History and event co-coordinator said. “It’s an opportunity for us to show off our campus, our faculty and our facilities.”

The event will be held in the MUC where the participants will present their History Day projects, and later that night there will be an award ceremony for the winning contestants.

The presentations and awards ceremony are open to the public. TAS