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High school history buffs compete for scholarships

ATHENS, Ohio (Dec. 1, 2004) -- Approximately 115 high-school students from around the state will be on campus Thursday, Dec. 2, to participate in the final round of Ohio University's 58th annual American History contest. The first-place winner will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the university and $100. Other contestants will receive more than $10,000 in scholarships and $600 in cash awards.

The final competition consists of a three-question essay exam, and winners will be announced in mid-January. More than 7,200 students from 240 Ohio high schools took the preliminary multiple-choice exam in October.

Final-round participants include the highest scorer in each of Ohio's 88 counties, and the second- and third-place finishers in each county if ranked in the 95th percentile and all of those in the 99th percentile.

The competition offers students the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into college life. In addition to taking the final exam, contestants and their parents will meet with representatives of several of the university's undergraduate colleges, take tours of the campus and talk with admissions and financial aid representatives.

The American History contest was begun in 1947 by then-Ohio University President John Baker.

The contest is directed by Ohio University history professor Marvin Fletcher and is sponsored by the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History and the Office of Admissions.

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