Fairfield History Day Contest is Saturday

On Saturday, March 21 more than 300 students representing the communities of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, Middlebury, Newtown,  Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sandy Hook, Shelton, Southbury, Stamford, Wallingford, Weston, Westport and Wilton will present their History Day projects to judges at the Fairfield Regional History Day in Connecticut Contest. The contest will take place at Fairfield University and is co-sponsored with the University’s Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. State Senator Tony Hwang and State Representatives Laura Devlin, Cristin McCarthy Vahey and Brenda Kupchick will assist with the Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time.

Students in grades 6-12 have spent months researching a history topic of their own choice related to this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History. Participants can choose to present their projects within one of the five History Day categories. These categories include exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers and performances. Students in grades 6-8 compete within the Junior Division and students in grades 9-12 compete within the Senior Division. Students who place in the top three in their respective categories and divisions are invited to compete in the State History Day Contest, which will take place on May 9, 2015 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. From there, state winners will be invited to represent Connecticut at the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in June.

The names of winning students and entries will be posted on the History Day in Connecticut website (ct.nhd.org) the Monday after the contest.  Fairfield is one of the six History Day in Connecticut Regional Contests held in Connecticut throughout March. The Mansfield Regional Contest will take place on the same day and the Manchester and Hartford Regional Contests, which are the final two of the six, will take place next Saturday, March 28. The Torrington and New Haven contests took place earlier this month.

The following schools will be represented at the Fairfield Regional Contest:

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford

Fairfield Woods Middle School, Fairfield

Roger Ludlowe Middle School, Fairfield

Academy at Little River Farm (homeschool), Redding

Bedford Middle School, Westport

Madison Middle School, Trumbull

Turn of the River Middle School, Stamford

Memorial Middle School, Middlebury

Shelton Intermediate School, Shelton

6 to 6 Magnet School, Bridgeport

Wilton High School, Wilton

Weston Middle School, Weston

Rochambeau Middle School, Southbury

Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield

Pomperaug High School, Southbury

Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford

Staples High School, Westport

Bridgeport Military Academy, Bridgeport

Homeschool – Newtown, Sandy Hook

Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich

Cairn Hill Academy, Weston

Crowley Homeschool, Ridgefield

Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk

Phoenix Prep, Newtown

History Day in Connecticut is an affiliate program of the renowned academic program, National History Day (NHD).  History Day in Connecticut is led by Connecticut’s Old State House with support from the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, andConnecticutHistory.org.  Major funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities.  For more information, contact History Day in Connecticut State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860-522-6766, ext. 11 [email protected]

Learn more about History Day in Connecticut by visiting its webpage http://ct.nhd.org, liking the program on Facebook, or following on Twitter.  The National History Day website may be viewed at nhd.org.

Connecticut State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield, Southport) and Kim Fawcett (D-Fairfield) were on hand to help with handing out prizes at last year’s Fairfield History Day.

Connecticut State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield, Southport) and Kim Fawcett (D-Fairfield) were on hand to help with handing out prizes at last year’s Fairfield History Day.

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