Connecticut History Day was held in University Commons at Sacred Heart University. Photo by Mark F. Conrad

The annual Fairfield regional contest for Connecticut History Day will take place at Sacred Heart University Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This marks the third year SHU is hosting this academic showcase for middle school and high school students in and around Fairfield County. More than 260 projects will be presented that day, involving more than 300 students from schools in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, Milford, New Canaan, Redding, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Westport and Wilton.

Several SHU students will volunteer their time to act as judges and provide additional assistance at the event. It is a service learning experience for them.

Connecticut History Day is one of 56 affiliates of National History Day. The competition asks students in grades six through 12 to produce a documentary, design a website, write a historical paper, create an exhibit or present an original historical performance based on an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History,” and more than 500,000 students are expected to participate nationally.

Connecticut will have six related, regional history competitions. Students who place in the top three in their respective categories will be invited to participate in the state competition, which will take place at Central Connecticut State University in April. The top two finishers in each category at the state competition will qualify to compete in the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in June.

Students from the Fairfield regional History Day competition have represented Connecticut at the national competition in each of the last five years.

“To be able to host this incredible event on our campus three years in a row is an amazing opportunity,” said Charlotte Gradie, professor and chair of the history program. “We have hundreds of talented students presenting their works at the event. It truly is a great learning opportunity for local students and community members alike.”

The public is invited to view the work of participating students in University Commons and surrounding classrooms.

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