This past Saturday, March 5, 2016, McCarthy Lebit attorney Kristen M. Hoover judged the Region 3 Ohio History Day competition. Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The students’ projects ranged in topics from Communism in Cuba to Space Exploration, Jane Goodall to Milton Hershey, JFK’s Assassination to Silent Films during WW2, Scientology to Monuments Men. Projects submitted were in one of five categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance/Acting, and Website. There were over 500 students who competed in Cleveland this past weekend at the Western Reserve Historical Society and Case Western Reserve University. In order to claim top spots, students must not only have presented the factual information on their topic, but explained the historical significance and impact, as well as how their topic ties in to the theme. Winners advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day in College Park, MD where students come from all over the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia. The awards for first, second, and third place at the national level are $1000, $500, and $250, respectively. In addition, Senior Division documentaries enjoy a $5000 1st place prize, instead of $1000 due to a grant from the History Channel. In addition to the top winner there are a number of other prizes students can win as well.