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Francis Thompson Memorial History Contest


NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.


Forty-seventh Annual Francis Thompson Memorial History ContestFriday, March 20, 2020

Deadline to enter: Friday, March 13

The History Department of Western Kentucky University is delighted to once again sponsor the Francis Thompson Memorial History Contest for high school and junior high (middle) school students in Diddle Arena. This year's contest will be on March 20, 2020. We sincerely hope your best students will participate.

To enter students for the contest, please click this link to fill out our online entry form. You may also download this year's entry form here, and scan and email to janet.haynes@wku.edu.

Testing:

As in years past, the History Contest consists of both objective (multiple-choice) and essay examinations. Both examinations will be administered in four areas:

  1. Junior High American History, from colonial exploration through 1865;
  2. Senior High American History, from 1865 to the 1980s;
  3. Junior High World History through the Middle Ages;
  4. Senior High World History, Renaissance through the Cold War.

A student may enter only one of these four contests.

Contest Schedule:

Registration 8:00-9:15 am; Testing, 9:45-11:20 (with 20 minute break in between objective and essay tests);  Lunch, 11:30-1 pm; Awards presentations (1:15-2 pm).  Final instructions will be made available by early March.

Awards:

The first place winners in the high school American and World History competitions will each win a $1,000 scholarship for their first year of study at Western Kentucky University. The first place winners in junior high school American and World History contests will each win $500 scholarships for their first year of study at Western Kentucky University.

In addition, the winning students will earn a cash prize and other awards. First and second place winners in each category also will receive engraved plaques for display at their school. Certificates of achievement will be mailed to all students who score in the highest 20 percent on the objective exam.

Each year the number of participants has increased. We suggest that you enter only your top students.  We will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Tony Harkins
wkuhistorycontest@wku.edu
History Department Outreach Coordinator
Professor and Acting Dept. Head
Department of History
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #21086
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086

 

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