Students compete in history contest

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – About 200 middle and high school students are competing in Ohio’s District Four National History Day contest.

The kids are in grades 6 through 12 and come from Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, and Trumbull counties.

National History Day is designed to help kids learn more about the past. It began in Ohio back in 1974 and currently encompasses 48 states and 350,000 students.

This year’s theme was Rights and Responsibilities.

“Our biggest objective for this is that students learn to read, think and write critically and to not accept what is presented to them at face value but to learn to question evidence whether it is historical or contemporary,” said Youngstown State University History Chair Martha Pallante.

Winners advance to the state finals at the Ohio State University.

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