Every year, almost 700,000 students in grades 6-12 in all 50 states, and even some foreign countries, participate in National History Day. Students write papers, produce documentaries, create websites, make exhibits, and present performances based on a broad theme. Students can work as individuals, or they can be a part of a group project. These projects are presented at a regional competition, with the winners advancing to a state competition. From the state level, students can advance to compete at a national competition, held each June at The University of Maryland at College Park.
National History Day is more than an academic competition. A recent study of the benefits of NHD shows that students who participate in the program do better in school, score better on standardized tests, and are more likely to go to college. NHD is a skills based program, so students learn to research from primary and secondary sources, process and evaluate sources and materials, present their findings in an interesting manner, and defend their ideas both verbally and in written form. Students gain confidence and abilities that will serve them throughout their school careers and beyond.
The Greater Denver Metro competition serves as the regional starting point for schools in the Denver Metropolitan Area, except those in the Denver Public School System, which conducts its own competition. Students from Adams, Arapahoe, Denver (outside DPS), Douglas and Jefferson counties participate in this regional competition. Home schoolers and private school students are encouraged to participate, as well.
The date and location for the 2014 contest will be announced in September. Most likely, the event will take place in March, with registration opening in December. The theme for the 2014 contest is "Rights and Responsibilities in History". New schools and new students are always welcome. If you would like to have a presentation about National History Day in Colorado presented to your staff or students, please email Kory at [email protected].
There will be a training opportunity in October to help teachers integrate NHD into their classrooms. Details will be available soon. I would be happy to send you an information packet. My contact information is found at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions, or would like an informational packet, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. I am looking forward to welcoming new schools and new students to our competition. I promise, you'll love it!
REGIONAL COORDINATOR: KORY FRANKEN
JUDGES COORDINATOR: SUSAN GUSTIN
PO BOX 502
PARKER, CO 80134
E-MAIL CONTACT: [email protected]