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National History Day Brings Nearly 400 Students to UW-L

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Nearly 400 high school and middle school students packed into the Cartwright Center today to take part in National History Day.

National History Day is an academic competition. Students choose a topic, research it in depth, and today they displayed their projects.

Patricia Stovey, National History Day Regional Coordinator, said the competition gives students control over their learning.

“National History Day allows these students to take their learning in the direction that follows their area of interest,” said Stovey. “So they can look at a local topic, they can look at a broad national topic, they can look at an international topic, they can choose a topic that is controversial. And that’s one of the beauties of this.”

Students competed for both cash prizes and the chance to move on to the state-wide competition in May.

This year’s subject matter is “rights and responsibilities.” Student topics ranged from raw milk and Jackie Robinson, to gay rights and the Japanese American internment.

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