Student-produced performances, displays, websites, documentaries, and research papers will bring history to life Saturday, March 3, when more than 200 local 5th-12th graders vie for honors in Sacramento County's annual History Day competition. The day-long event starts at 9 a.m. at Rosemont High School (9594 Kiefer Boulevard) in Sacramento. The 2012 theme on which the students base their work is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.
The morning will be devoted to student presentations, many of which will be open to spectators. Student exhibits are open for public viewing from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Historical displays and demonstrations by community volunteers will enlighten and entertain guests with hands-on activities such as woodcarving, origami paper-folding, lariat twirling, and more.
The presentation of awards will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the campus auditorium. There is no cost to attend any of the activities as a spectator.
Two "junior" (6th-8th grade) champions and three "senior" (9th-12th grade) champions will be named in each of the competition categories. Those selected as champions will qualify for participation in the California History Day competition which takes place April 27-29 in Riverside, California. California will send its top winners to compete in the National History Day June 10-14 in College Park, Maryland.
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) administers Sacramento County History Day along with the Center for Sacramento History. Local educators, members of historical organizations, and civic groups serve as judges and volunteers. For information, call (916) 228-2660.