Senator Collins Welcomes Maine Students to Washington, D.C., for National History Day Competition

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with students from across Maine in Washington, D.C., yesterday to wish them luck as they compete in the final round of the National History Day contest this week.  Following victories in Maine’s statewide competition, these students will represent our state as they compete alongside nearly 3,000 of America’s top young historians.


“I am very proud of all the Maine National History Day winners, and I know they will represent our state well at the national competition this week,” said Senator Collins.  “I was impressed by their well thought-out questions.  We had a great discussion about multiple legislative issues, the history of the Capitol, and what life is like as a U.S. Senator.”


Each year, approximately 600,000 students in grades 6 through 12 compete in National History Day, and about 3,000 students qualify for the national finals, which take place in College Park, Maryland.  To participate, students research historical topics related to a national theme and present their findings with exhibits, documentaries, performances, or papers. The theme for this year’s competition is “Conflict and Compromise in History.”