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NHD District, State and National Contests 

Students in 6th-8th grades participate in the junior division; students in 9th-12th grades participate in the senior division. Students in 4th and 5th grade may participate in a non-competitive youth division. Participants may work individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five. District contests take place from February - April; the state contest takes place in April and national contest in June.

District Contests

To qualify for the state contest, you must first compete in one of the district contests across the state. District contests are typically held from February - April. View the calendar for a list of dates and locations.

State Contest

Winners from district contests advance to the state contest and compete for the chance to advance to the National History Day Contest.

National Contest

The National History Day Contest is the final stage of a series of contests at the district and state levels. Every year more than 3,000 students from around the world advance to the national contest.