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More than 200 history buffs participate in Vernon Hills High School's first history fair

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  • Alec Mollenhauer, 15, looks at a website on the history of the Chicago Police during a history fair in the Vernon Hills High School library Thursday. The fair featured traditional cardboard displays, as well as websites and video documentaries.

       Alec Mollenhauer, 15, looks at a website on the history of the Chicago Police during a history fair in the Vernon Hills High School library Thursday. The fair featured traditional cardboard displays, as well as websites and video documentaries.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Freshman Tom Zayats, left, Jacob Gordon and Ryan Ginsberg study a display covering the Chicago World's Fair during a history fair in the Vernon Hills High School library Thursday. The fair featured traditional cardboard displays, as well as websites and video documentaries.

       Freshman Tom Zayats, left, Jacob Gordon and Ryan Ginsberg study a display covering the Chicago World's Fair during a history fair in the Vernon Hills High School library Thursday. The fair featured traditional cardboard displays, as well as websites and video documentaries.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

More than 200 U.S. history students at Vernon Hills High School participated in the school's first history fair Thursday.

The top entrants will advance to the regional and, possibly, state competition, coinciding with National History Day.

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Projects were required to examine U.S. history topics that relate to rights and responsibilities in Chicago or Illinois, and ranged from traditional written reports to video documentaries and websites.

"This was a great opportunity for the kids to do research in a different vein," said Honors U.S. History teacher Pam Dircks. "It really is still the term paper process, but it's a lot more creative."

Other classes viewed the projects and were required to review and critique them.

The school's library will remain closed through Friday as students and parents will have the chance to attend the fair.

U.S. history teacher Matt Belitto said he hopes this will become an annual event.

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