Award winners at the 2017 Virginia History Day competition
Virginia History Day is a history competition for students grades six through twelve. To qualify for the state competition, students must place first or second in their category and age division at one of eight district-level competitions held throughout Virginia. The top two entries in each category and age division at the state level will compete at the National History Day finals.
The theme of the National History Day 2019 is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Students are encouraged to examine their topic's influence on history and draw conclusions about the ways in which their topic had an impact on the course of events and on individuals, communities, nations, or the world. Students and teachers are encouraged to remember local history and local resources when selecting topics. Download the 2019 National History Day Theme Book.
Whether students compete outside the classroom or not, teachers can benefit from registering for Virginia History Day. Complete this quick form to receive a free 1-hour Skype session with your class ($75 value), two 1-hour interactive webinars for teachers (December and February), JSTOR access, digital teaching and contest materials, and enter to win the Virginia History Day Cup. If your students are creating History Day projects, also consider registering to be a 2019 Commemoration School.