LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Hundreds of area middle and high school students brought history to life Wednesday.

More than 300 students from 17 area school districts shared their history projects during National History Day at UW-La Crosse. That included performances, posters, and websites, all fitting this year's theme of 'Turning Points.'

The event's regional director says it's a great opportunity to challenge the students to take on a higher level of research. "They need to come up with a thesis and they're arguing that thesis, so the turning point doesn't have to be rooted in American history, it has to be a historical turning point," said Patricia Stovey.

It was also a competition. Students who scored high enough will compete at the state level in Madison.