A range of sixth through 12th graders flocked to Eden Prairie’s Central Middle School on March 4 to showcase their history projects for National History Day in a regional competition. A total of 228 students competed with projects based on the 2023 theme, “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.” The winners from the event have advanced to State History Day, which will occur on Saturday, April 22 at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. State winners from that competition will be eligible to compete at National History Day in Washington, D.C., in June. Groups and individuals were able to qualify for the state competition, and received medals. Honorable mentions received ribbons but did not qualify for additional competition. National History Day in Minnesota is a program involving the partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts. Competing schools included Avail Academy Blaine K-8 campus, Avail Academy Edina, Central Middle School in Eden Prairie, Notre Dame Academy in Minnetonka, Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington, Olson Middle School, Orono Middle School, South View Middle School in Edina, St. Vincent DePaul School in Brooklyn Park, Twin Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake and Valley View Middle School. Results for the competition can be found at mnhs.org/historyday/contests-and-judging/regional-events.

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