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 San Diego County Office of Education History Day Showcases One-of-a-Kind Historical Projects

More than 300 local elementary, middle and high school students competed in the San Diego County Office of Education's History Day last month, with winners announced in a ceremony at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre at the University of San Diego.

This year's theme was "Triumph and Tragedy in History," and students were asked to create projects based on historical events that were personally significant to them.

Students from 10 local school districts that competed in categories ranging from exhibits to documentaries, performances and historical papers. A total of 59 students were selected as winners in the different categories. For a complete list of student/winners, click here.

Participating school districts were: Borrego Springs Unified, Grossmont Union High, Escondido Union, Vista Unified, Jamul-Dulzura Union, Cajon Valley Union, Santee, Vista Unified, San Dieguito Union High, and San Diego City Unified.

The "Celebration of Learning" awards ceremony honored those students with exceptional projects. 2006 San Diego County Teacher of The Year Eduardo Ochoa recognized the winners for their hard work and dedication to history. San Diego County Office of Education Senior Director Tony Spears was also in attendance to congratulate the winners.

For the second year in a row Oak Grove Middle School performed for the audience. This year reenacting a short scene from the "Sons of Liberty."

Madeline Wozniak and Sarah Wozniak from Cathedral Catholic High School also presented their written document on "Polio: Campaign for a Cure."

All 59 winners from San Diego County will go on to compete at the state level competition in Long Beach May 11-14 and if chosen will advance to the National competition in Maryland.