N.C. History Day 2020 State Contest

A Virtual Showcase

~June 2020

The North Caroliniana Society continued its support of the N.C. History Day program this year as part of their continuous commitment to provide support to North Carolina students and teachers. N.C. History Day is administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is an affiliate of the National History Day program (WWW.NHD.ORG).

Since 1974, the National History Day program has recognized and rewarded students for completing in-depth research and creating original projects that further appreciation and understanding of history.

National History Day is a yearlong academic program that engages students in grades 6 through 12 with the discovery of history. Students choose historical topics related to an annual theme, conduct extensive primary and secondary research, analyze and interpret their sources, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and present their work in one of five categories — historical papers, websites, exhibits, performances, or documentaries.

Students first compete in one of the seven regional contests across the state. Regional finalists are then invited to attend the state contest. The top two finalists in each category and division are then selected to represent N.C. at the national contest. With guidance from staff and judges, students can improve their projects at each stage of the competition and continue to research and learn.

N.C. History Day State Contest Finalists

Congratulations to all!

Visit the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for a list of state finalists.

The video announcement of the finalists included a special greeting from the
First Lady of North Carolina, Kristin Cooper
congratulating the participants for their hard work.



approx. 5,000 STUDENTS

State contest




National contest



H.G. Jones N.C. History Award

Beginning in 1998, the North Caroliniana Society has furnished two cash prizes for winning student projects in statewide National History Day Competition – the H.G. Jones N.C. History Award.

Junior Division award:

Junior Group Website,  “The Wilmington Massacre of 1898”
(Click here to see the project.)
Students: Sheel Patel and Max Wang
Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (Teacher: Anna Cubbage)

Senior Division award:

Senior Individual Exhibit, “Anna Julia Cooper”
Student: Sufia Farooqi
The Early College at Guilford (Teacher: Morris Johnson)

National History Day Theme – 2020

“Breaking Barriers in History”

N.C. History Day Virtual Showcase

To see more projects, visit the N.C. History Day 2020 Virtual Showcase.