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Metro Detroit students were among the more than 140 who earned honors at the State Finals competition of Michigan History Day, officials said Monday.

More than 475 elementary, middle and high school students participated in this year’s contest at Bay City Central High School in Bay City. The event is an educational program led by the Historical Society of Michigan that lets youths explore and research a local, national or international historical topic.

This year’s theme was “Conflict & Compromise in History.” Students presented their work in one of five categories: performances exhibits, papers, websites and documentaries.

“The support for Michigan History Day was phenomenal this year,” coordinator Amy Bradfield said in a statement. “More than 1,200 students and spectators attended the competition and 150 people volunteered as judges. That kind of turnout shows our youth that history is still very relevant and important today.”

The state champions included students from Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Howell, South Lyon, Troy and Westland.

The finalists in the junior and senior divisions move on to the National History Day competition in June in College Park, Maryland.

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