The 2008 District 6 National History Day competition is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 on the Black Hills State University campus. Members of the community are invited to attend or participate as judges.

National History Day is a nonprofit education program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. More than 700,000 young people annually participate in district, state, and national competitions. District 6 comprises much of western South Dakota, and a first or second place award in the district allows students to advance to the state competition scheduled for March 29 on the USD campus. Winners from the state competition go on to Washington, D.C., for the national meeting June 15-19.

Each year a new theme is selected, and for 2008 the theme is "Conflict & Compromise in History."  In response to the theme, students may submit a paper, create an exhibit, do a performance, or develop a documentary. Students may enter as individuals or in groups. There are two categories: the Junior Division, grades 6 through 8, and the Senior Division, grades 9 through 12. Last year nearly 250 students representing 10 schools brought projects to the District 6 competition, with 60 advancing on to the state competition.

The competition begins at 1 p.m. and will continue until about 4 p.m. Exhibits will be displayed in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Performances will take place in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall, and documentaries will be presented in campus classrooms. Further location information will be available at the registration desk in the lobby of the Jacket Legacy Room.

For more information, or if you wish to serve as a judge for the competition, contact District 6 coordinator David Wolff, Black Hills State University associate history professor, at 642-6221 or DavidWolff@bhsu.edu.