Competition brings students and history together
It is no secret that my husband, Dave Pfister, and I love history. As members of the Westlake Historical Society, we spend a lot of time sharing Westlake's rich history. We have even been called history geeks.
Another way we enjoy taking part in history is by serving as History Day judges, both on the regional and state level. History Day is a nationwide student competition that actually began in Cleveland on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in 1974.
History Day is for students in grades 4-12. The students select a history project to present. The categories of competition are History Papers, Original Performances, Media Documentaries, Exhibits, and Websites. The winners in each region move on to compete at the state level. The top contestants in each state then compete on the national level.
Over 450 students took part in the regional History Day competition held in March at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle and the Case Western Reserve University campus. A total of 242 projects were entered in the competition for Region 3, which includes the counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit. From there, 119 students were chosen to advance to the state-level competition at Ohio Wesleyan University.
As seasoned judges, Dave and I have had the opportunity to judge in various categories. We enjoy seeing the enthusiasm each student has for history, and in particular, the various topics they select. How wonderful to have a program like Ohio History Day to provide an opportunity such as this for our students.