East Georgia State College hosted the regional National History Day event on Saturday, February 20, 2016 on the Swainsboro campus. Students from regional high schools competed in categories ranging from individual exhibit to group documentary.
The students spent the past year researching topics in relation to the theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” Many students took home medals, gold, silver or bronze, in their chosen categories. Students who placed first, second, or third place will advance to state competition, to be April 23 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon.
Judges for the event consisted of faculty from the three East Georgia College campuses, and represented expertise in the fields of history, political science, and sociology. Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of School of Social Sciences, served as moderator for the program. According to Dr. Cheek, “Our hosting of National History Day, directed by two of our best historians, Dr. Mary Waalkes and Dr. Jeff Howell, is part of our strategic mission to offset what is often called ‘civic illiteracy.’ Given the superb research and presentations at National History Day, our region can be more optimistic about the future of our republic.”
National History Day in Georgia is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College in partnership with Mercer University. For more information about National History Day in Georgia see www.lagrange.edu/nhd.