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History Contest


Forty-Fifth Annual History Contest, March 23, 2018

Deadline to enter: Monday, March 12

The History Department of Western Kentucky University annually sponsors a History Contest for high school and junior high (middle) school students held in Diddle Arena. This year's contest will be on March 23, 2018. We sincerely hope your best students will participate.

To enter students for the contest, please follow this link to fill out our online entry form. You may also download the form here and fax it to 270-745-2950 if you prefer.

The History Contest consists of both objective and essay examinations. Objective 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 present;
  3. Junior High World History through the Middle Ages;
  4. Senior High World History, Renaissance through the Cold War. The general essays cover the periods described above.

A student may enter only one contest. First place winners in high school American History and high school World History competitions will win $1,000 scholarships for their first year of study at Western Kentucky University. First place winners in junior high school and World History will win $500 scholarships for their first year of study at Western Kentucky University.

First and second place winners in each category also receive engraved plaques, silver medals are presented to the next 5 percent of contestants, and bronze medals to the next 5 percent in each contest. In addition, certificates of achievement will be mailed to those students who score in the next highest 10 percent on the objective exam.

Each year the competition has increased, as has the number of participants. 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:

Tamara Van Dyken
History Contest Coordinator
Department of History
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #21086
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086


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