The annual District 6 National History Day Competition will once again be held on the Black Hills State University campus. The competition, which is open to area students in grades six through twelve, will begin Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” In response to the theme, students may, either as an individual or as a group, submit a paper, create an exhibit, do a performance, or develop a documentary.

Exhibits will be displayed in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Performances will take place in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, and documentaries will be presented in designated classrooms in Jonas Hall. Additional location information will be available at the registration desk in the lobby outside the Jacket Legacy Room. The public is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions at no charge.

National History Day is a nonprofit education program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. Each year more than 700,000 young people participate in district, state and national competitions.

District 6 comprises much of western South Dakota. A first or second place award in the district competition allows students to advance to the state competition, which is scheduled for April 14. State winners advance to Washington, D.C., for the national meeting June 10-14.

Students compete in two categories: the Junior Division, grades six through eight, and the Senior Division, grades nine through twelve. Last year nearly 150 students representing seven schools brought projects to the District 6 competition, with 40 advancing on to the state competition.

Volunteers are needed to assist with and judge the District 6 competition. For more information or to volunteer, contact the District 6 coordinator, Dr. David Wolff, at 642-6221 or DavidWolff@bhsu.edu by Monday, March 19.