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National History Day

The National History Day Competition is a transformative learning experience for middle and high school students in which they learn about history hands-on by creating projects centered around a theme. Through months of research using primary and secondary sources, students create and present a presentation in one of five formats: paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or website. 

History Day is now written into the MCPS curriculum for 7th grade advanced learners. As a result, the number of young people participating has exploded from a few hundred to over 4,000! 

The 2024 History theme is “Turning Points in History.” MCPS students who compete at the school level and are chosen to go onto the county level will compete on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Winners will then advance to the state level and those winners will advance to the national competition held at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Stay tuned for more details for information on how you can participate as a volunteer judge!

If you’d like to become a sponsor of the local History Day competition, please contact Matthew Logan, Executive Director.