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History Day

***Registration forms and information available here (must be in by 2/10/17):


What is National History Day?: National History Day (NHD) is a competition for students in grades 6 - 12 to explore local, state, national, or world history through a research project that relates to a broad, annual theme.


What is the theme? The theme for 2017 is Taking a Stand in History 

How do students compete?: Students can research and compete in five categories:

1. Documentary (group or individual)

2. Exhibit (group or individual)

3. Performance (group or individual)

4. Website (group or individual)

5. Paper


Students present their entries at the Southern Tier Regional History Day Competition held Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Elmira, New York.  Winning projects will be eligible to attend the state contest held in Cooperstown, New York in April 2017.  Winners of the state competition will have the opportunity to advance to the national competition held at College Park, Maryland in June 2017.


How do students benefit: With History Day entries, students have the chance to combine history with art, literature, lanuage, and music. Students will also develop critical thinking and problem-solving skillls, which are regular part of the NYS Assessment tests.


How do students prepare?:  NHD guidelines require that students have a sponsor.  Sponsors can be parents or teachers.  As History Day is a year-long process, most students being researching their projects in the fall, and complete projects in early spring.


Where do students begin?: The New York State History Day website: and the NHD website: are both rich in information.  Both websites feature online rulebooks, images from past contests, and information about upcoming competitions.