Top projects from National History Day-Orange County competition advance to state finals

The winners of this year’s National History Day-Orange County competition have been posted online. You can check them out here.

NHDMore than 550 students from 38 schools produced original websites, papers, documentaries, performances and exhibits for the March 12 competition, which was followed by an award ceremony on Thursday, March 16. A breakdown of all the medalists by division and category has since been published on OCDE’s National History Day webpage.

Note that high schools compete in the senior division and middle schools compete in the junior division.

National History Day contests are held annually at the local, state and national levels, drawing half a million participants in grades four through 12. Working as individuals or in teams, students are tasked with conducting extensive research on a historical topic before submitting in-depth projects based on the year’s theme. The current theme is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”

The top submissions from Orange County now head to the state finals, coming up in May. California’s highest-scoring projects will go on to compete in June at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Maryland.

For more information, visit the NHD-OC website, and if you’d like to see National History Day explained in just 30 seconds, go here.