The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


March 8, 2013

Students prepare for National History Day

Thursday, March 7, 2013 — RALEIGH -- After months of intensive research and participation in school competitions, students across the state are participating in five National History Day district contests with finalists at these contests moving on to the state contest in April.


National History Day in North Carolina is a year-long academic program for public, private and home school students in grades six through 12. It is affiliated with National History Day (NHD).


Each fall, more half a million students nationwide begin the year-long National History Day program, competing in a series of history contests in their local schools, districts and states. The top students in each category at the state contests are selected for participation in the national contest. Participating students choose their own topics of study and conduct research in original sources based on the theme "Turning Points in History." National History Day students research historic documents and artifacts, conduct oral histories, search the Internet for information and travel to historic sites. They present their work in a variety of ways; by creating exhibits, documentaries, performances, web sites or historical research papers.


An estimated 1,500 North Carolina students presented their projects at school contests this year, competing for a chance to take part in one of six district contests. District contests will be underway in March and in April in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, and Wilmington. The state contest will be held on Saturday, April 27, in Raleigh and will culminate in a national competition held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park.


For more information, visit National History Day in North Carolina is sponsored with major support from the North Caroliniana Society, the N.C. Society of Cincinnati and the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies, and is administered by the Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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