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Students showcase conflict and compromise in history at Lake County History Day contest

TAVARES – Students from across Lake County are heading to the Florida History Day statewide competition this spring with hopes of making it to the national competition later in the year.


The students are among the 175 participants in the recent Lake County History Day competition, which was held March 3 at the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center in Clermont. Participants came from eight area middle schools and four high schools, and they entered a total of 110 projects related to this year’s theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History.”


District competitors were identified from a pool of contestants who competed at school contests throughout the county. First- and second-place winners at the district competition will advance to the Florida History Day contest set for May 6-8 at Tallahassee State College. Those who place first or second at Florida History Day will advance to the National History Day competition in College Park, MD.


National History Day is the nation’s leading educational program for history education in the schools. The program annually engages more than half a million students across the nation. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances and papers, which they may enter in competitions at the district, affiliate and national levels.


The district coordinator for Lake County History Day is Natalie Heitman of Lake County Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department. To learn more about National History Day in Lake, contact her at 352-253-6874. For more information on National History Day, contact the national office at (301) 314-9739 or visit the National History Day official web site at


See a list of the Lake County History Day winners here.