Maine History Day Competition Approaches

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For Immediate Release 
February 25, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Maine History Day Competition Approaches
Application Deadline is March 14th

AUGUSTA , MAINE -- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Friday that the deadline for submitting applications to participate in Maine History Day is March 14th. Application materials and complete program details are available to students and educators online at www.maine.gov/sos or by calling 287-5791.

Maine History Day is an annual academic competition open to students in grades 6-12. Participants explore a broad historical theme by preparing papers, projects or presentations. Those submissions are then judged by a panel of experts.

“The value of history is more than just intrinsic—the study of history, historiography and how we look at our past develops critical thinking skills that students will come to depend on for their entire lives. Maine History Day offers a unique avenue for teaching and learning history. It complements classroom instruction and rewards student initiative, creativity and scholarship,” Secretary of State Matt Dunlap commented.

The competition is organized through the Maine State Archives, and conducted in cooperation with National History Day. Maine's statewide competition will be held in Augusta on April 7th, with finalists receiving awards and moving on to the National Finals in June.

“As educators seek to make the study of history appealing to young people, this academic competition is a perfect tool. It not only enables students to learn valuable lessons, but it also demonstrates how beneficial and relevant history is to our lives in the 21st century,” Secretary Dunlap added.