National History Day

    The National History Day program includes a progressive contest cycle open to students in grades 6-12 beginning with the district contests in February/March, state contest in April/May and national contest in June.

    Generally, the top two entries in a category advance to the next level of competition. Students in grades 6-8 participate in the Junior Division; students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the Senior Division. Participants may work individually or collaboratively in groups of 2 to 5. Students in grades 4-5 may participate in a non-competitive Youth Division.

    District Contests

    To qualify for the state contest, you must first compete in one of 12 regional contests across the state. Regional contests are typically held in February or March. View the calendar for a list of dates, locations and regional coordinators.

    State Contest

    Winners from regional contests compete at the state contest for the chance to participate in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.

    National Contest

    The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest is the final stage of a series of contests at the regional and state levels. Every year more than 3,ooo students from around the world advance to the national contest.