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What Is National History Day?

National History Day (NHD) is the combination of creativity and scholarship and make National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.  NHD is a year-long program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, interactive websites, and historical papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.

Check the National History Day in Arizona webpage ( for program materials, deadlines, outlines, worksheets, past student examples and more.

Why Participate?

Studies show students that participate in NHD outperform their peers on standardized tests.  Contact Nancy York ( today for more information about getting involved with NHD either as a student, teacher, judge, mentor, or education professional interested in making students active and engaged citizens.

"The true benefits from participating in National History Day go way past a certificate or medal. The program teaches kids the writing, analytical understanding, and reading comprehension skills that will make them a success in life, no matter what their career."
               -Parent Susan Moose


Regional Competitions

2/22/2014: Tucson @ University of Arizona
3/1/2014: Chandler @ Kyrene Aprende Middle School
3/1/2014: Kingman @ Lee Williams High School
3/8/2014: Tempe / Phoenix @ Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
3/8/2014: Flagstaff @ Northern Arizona University


State Competition

April 5th :  State Competition @ ASU SkySong


National Competition

6/8/2014 – 6/12/2014: National Competition in College Park, MD