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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2011

Contact:
Chris Cate
245.6522

Secretary Browning Announces History Fair State Contest

Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students to compete for state honors in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE – Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning today announced that the Florida History Fair state contest will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011.  Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students who won at the county level will compete in Tallahassee for state-level honors. Winners of the state competition will go on to represent Florida at the National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland.

“The Florida History Fair helps students strengthen the critical thinking, research, reading and personal skills that will benefit them in all aspects of their life,” said Secretary Browning. “I’m proud of all of the students who have participated in the Florida History Fair and I look forward to seeing how they continue to develop their talents.”

The 2011 Florida History Fair will be held on the campus of Tallahassee Community College. Coordinated by the Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History, the annual state contest includes five competitive categories including: historical paper, website, exhibit, documentary and performance.

Nearly 200 volunteer judges working in three-person teams will evaluate more than 560 entries throughout the day on Monday to determine the winners. The public is invited to view exhibits, historical papers and websites on campus in Tallahassee Community College’s Lifetime Sports Complex on Monday, May 2, between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will occur on Tuesday, May 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum.

Florida joins 49 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and the Department of Defense Schools as affiliates of the National History Day (NHD) Program.  The 2010–11 theme, Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, was selected by NHD staff. In 2009–10, more than 41,000 students in grades 6 to 12 participated in 26 counties in Florida.

The Florida History Fair is sponsored by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs; Friends of the Museums of Florida History Inc.; and nearly 30 organizations, businesses, and individuals. For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, go to www.floridahistoryfair.com.