N.C. History Day – Success at Nationals!

~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.

National History Day Contest Winners

The History Day National Contest awards ceremony aired on June 20, 2020 and the N.C. students did amazingly!

Of the eighteen different project categories, N.C. had three projects take first place, and one project take third place. Each will receive medals and a monetary prize.

The N.C. contestants also had a group win a special monetary prize for primary source newspaper research, and though they did not rank high enough to receive a medal, four N.C. projects ranked within the Top Ten in the nation in their respective categories (each category had close to 100 projects competing).

Here is the breakdown by rank and prize (project titles hyperlink to their project if you want to view):