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Congratulations Winners!

The Michigan Council for the Social Studies is proud to announce the student winners from the 34th Annual Michigan Social Studies Olympiad. Since 1987, the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad has increased student interest in social studies education, encouraged a greater appreciation for this subject area and recognized the very important role played by social studies educators in our Michigan schools. The goals of this special event are to increase student and teacher interest in the study of social studies, to offer contests that lead to improvements in social studies curriculum and instructional practices, to provide opportunities for students and teachers to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments, and to provide opportunities for the development of positive public relations between social studies educators and the community.

While this annual event of the MCSS looked quite different this year due to no onsite events, the transition to all digital or mailed-in submissions was appropriate for these times. The Olympiad theme was “Census 2020,” in an effort to support our students understanding of this important undertaking. 

While participation was impacted by the pandemic and school buildings closing for the spring, we are thrilled to celebrate the students from all around the state who were dedicated to their projects and still competed. MCSS appreciates all student participants and their teachers and parents for supporting them. Congratulations is certainly due to the 78 winners from 17 different schools.

Winners list coming shortly!

2020 Social Studies Olympiad

Date: Saturday May 9, 2020


Location: All events offsite with the exception of QuizBowl
44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038

The Michigan Social Studies Olympiad is a fun and educational state-wide competition for students in grades 3 through 12. MCSS sponsors this great competition in order to increase student and teacher interest in social studies education and to provide opportunities for students and teachers to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments. Social Studies Olympiad encourages the development of a strong social studies skill set, participatory experience, social and intellectual interactions, and strengthens personal confidence by through collaboration and competition.  There are both Off-site events that do not require travel to the actual Olympiad site (mail-in submissions), as well as a variety of On-site events for those seeking the excitement of live competition!  Please download the Handbook with descriptions and guidelines to see which events will work for you.

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