The Lamar University Department of History will host the sixth annual Regional History Day competition on Thursday, Feb. 12, for students from local middle schools and high schools.  The competition will be held in the Setzer Center Ballroom beginning at 1:00 p.m.

“Students benefit from the amount of research required by the contest rules which serves them especially well as they advance to higher education,” said Ken Poston, instructor of history at Lamar and event coordinator. “The competition fosters a greater appreciation of the past, enlightening the students as to how the past affects the present and forms the future.”

In addition to the competition, the students will be treated to a tour of Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum hosted by the Gladys City staff and the history department’s Webb Society.  The Texas History Day competition, at both the local and state levels, is part of National History Day, an annual competition.

Event coordinators expect between 110-150 students to compete, ranging in age from sixth grade to twelfth grade. The students will compete in one of two age divisions: junior high school (sixth through eighth grade) and senior high school (ninth through twelfth grade).  The students can compete in nine categories: individual paper, individual or group exhibit, individual or group performance, individual or group documentary and individual or group website.

“This competition provides a showcase for students in a variety of venues, allowing them to be recognized for their academic and scholastic skills,” Poston said. “Recently, we have seen increases in website projects and also individual and group performances—sketch-type ‘Living History’ projects.”

The top two entries from each division in each category will advance to the state competition. Those who advance from the state competition will continue to the National History Day competition in Maryland.

“A thorough knowledge and appreciation of the past means a more secure future.  Knowing the how and why provides better understanding of events in the present on several levels, politically, economically, socially and culturally,” Poston said. “There are many parts of history that we do not want to see repeated in order to assure the sustainability of a bright future for our region, state, nation and world.”

For more information, contact Ken Poston at .