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.