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History takes top priority for hundreds of students in popular local fair

Hundreds of students in Marion County Public Schools will be participating in the third annual National History Day Fair.

The popular event, set for Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 2-6:30 p.m., will be held at Marion Technical Institute (MTI), located at 1614 E. Fort King St. in Ocala. It will showcase students who choose historical topics related to the theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” then conduct primary and secondary research.

After analyzing and interpreting sources and drawing conclusions, students will present their work in one of five ways – as a written paper, a visual exhibit, an arts performance, an in-depth documentary or an online website.

Students who place at this district-level fair advance to the state competition, Florida History Day, held May 3-5. State winners then head to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, in College Park, from June 14-18.

Awards will be handed out in a special ceremony set for 6 p.m. in the MTI auditorium. For more information, contact Lindsey Barber at (352) 236-0500 or Lindsey.Barber@marion.k12.fl.us. Additional details on potential projects and ideas are available at www.floridahistoryday.com and www.nhd.org.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

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