HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Educators across the state are hoping students from 6th grade to high school will 'take a stand' for history in Mississippi.
"Taking a Stand" is the theme for this year's National History Day competition.
It is actually a year-long contest for high school and middle school students.
They can participate by doing research papers or making exhibits. They can also shoot a documentary, write a play or design a website.
Saturday, the University of Southern Mississippi hosted a workshop for teachers who will be encouraging their students to take part.
"Our hope is by doing more and more of these workshops around the state that we will be able to boost enough interest and local help that we might actually eventually be able to have a regional system, where there will be regional competitions," said Rebecca Tuuri, an assistant professor of history at USM and co-coordinator of National History Day in Mississippi.
The state competition is next March and the national competition will be held in June of 2017.
For more information about the competition, visit www.usm.edu/history/national-history-day-mississippi or www.nhd.org.