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Contact: Brian Hoduski, (906) 483-3026
Know a bit about your local history? Dabbled in local geology or geography? Want to show off that knowledge and see if you know more than other students from Keweenaw, Baraga, Houghton, and Ontonagon counties? It's time for a knowledge smackdown!
Keweenaw National Historical Park is seeking high school teams from the four-county area to compete in a local history bee. It is a chance to not only display your history prowess but also to claim victory for your team and have your name inscribed on the prestigious Smackdown trophy.
This competition offers teams of local-area high school students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the history, geography, and geology of Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Houghton counties. Its format is similar to a spelling bee: teams of four players are asked short-answer questions about local history topics, which increase in difficulty as the rounds go higher. The contest features a double-elimination format: two wrong answers and teams are out of play; teams are given the right to pass on one question. Preparation can be formal or informal, but those that invest time in advance preparation may proceed farther in the competition. However, those who simply want to be a part of a fun night of local history are still encouraged to participate.
All high-school age contestants are welcome to form their own teams independent of school sponsorship; church groups, scouting groups or other youth groups are also welcome to participate. The registration deadline is March 31, 2011, so assemble a team and start planning where to display the Smackdown trophy!
The event will take place at the Calumet Theatre in Calumet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011. It is part of the "Fourth Thursday in History" series sponsored by Keweenaw National Historical Park. For further information and to register teams contact Brian Hoduski at (906) 483-3026 or Brian_hoduski@nps.gov. Registration information and other details about the event will also be available at www.nps.gov/kewe under Special Events