Ohio History Day

Ohio History Day is a year-long research program for social studies students in grades 6-12. Students support a thesis related to the official theme and defend their work at the regional level with an opportunity to advance to state and national competitions. The program encourages authentic, student-driven historical research focused on identifying and using primary and secondary sources to creatively present a student’s own vision of history.

I coordinated the Region 4 Ohio History Day contest for students in five Northeast Ohio counties, which involved:

    • Identifying and recruiting prospective participants
    • Maintaining correspondence with teachers, students, judges, and team members
    • Coordinating and leading classroom presentations and school contests
    • Supervising Youngstown State University graduate assistants
    • Updating the Region 4 OHD website
    • Creating and maintaining YSU History Day Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts and developing a social media policy
    • Recruiting judges from Youngstown State University, local organizations, and the community
    • Creating guides for teachers, students, and judges
    • Managing the physical set-up for the contest and supervising 50 volunteer judges on the day of the contest
    • Writing press releases and promoting the contest to the general public

Despite declining numbers in recent years, I was able to hold participation steady, and YSU History Day attracted 250 students from twelve schools, including three new schools. In addition, I identified ten new schools to target the following year for participation based on interest expressed by teachers I had contacted.

YSU History Day senior exhibits, one of five categories students can choose from.
Regional medals
The YSU History Day awards ceremony was held in Beeghly Center, Youngstown State University.