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District history fair champs eye state wins

Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:32 PM

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Springstead High School hosted the 2013 District History Fair on Feb 23, themed "Turning Points in History," which produced first-place and second-place winners who will compete at the state competition in Tallahassee.

Suzanne Miranda, a Springstead High School history teacher of 10 years who also helped lead the county-wide event for middle- and high-school students, said those who place in the district competition will advance to the state competition May 1-3, and could advance from that point to the national competition.

Why not? Hernando County schools did it last year, Miranda says: eight times.

"There's a lot of creativity that goes into these," Miranda said, offering examples such as History Channel-type documentary films, historical performances, exhibits, papers and the newest category: website design. "Last year we took eight students to the national competition out of little Hernando County, so we're looking for great things again this year."

Students from eight middle schools and all five high schools competed in the 2013 district history fair, Miranda said. Miranda, who was chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award, announced the district winners Saturday, calling all the competitors winners.

The National History Day program began in 1976 after an Ohio teacher wanted students to become more involved in history beyond reading and writing assignments from textbooks and allowed them to do any project they wanted so long as it had a theme.

"Now it's national," Miranda said, and is held in 50 states as well as Samoa, the Philippines and Guam.

First and second place district winners from each category will progress to the state-wide competition in Tallahassee with the potential to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. (352) 544-5271

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