Students from 32 northeast Georgia counties in grades 6-12 are invited to compete in the Northeast Georgia National History Day contest at the University of Georgia on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Winners will advance to the state-level competition in LaGrange, and may then be selected to advance to the national competition in College Park, MD.

Breaking Barriers in HistoryNational History Day actively engages students in middle and high school in the historical process. Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to this year's theme (Breaking Barriers in History). Students engage in a program of research, in both primary and secondary sources, designed to investigate their topic and answer specific research questions. Results are then presented in one of the following categories: Exhibit, Paper, Website, Documentary, or Performance.

All entries regardless of category include a written component known as the 'process paper,' which discusses the reasoning behind the project, the research process, and the significance of the topic to the theme. Students must also prepare and submit an annotated bibliography. Review pages 16-19 of the NHD Rule Book for specific guidelines regarding the content and format of these materials.

Contest Registration:
To enter the Northeast Georgia NHD contest, applicants must submit the Project Application Form by Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Applicants in the Paper category must also submit their papers by this date. Website category entries may not be edited after January 15. Project Application Forms (and Paper entries) may be emailed to

Depending on application volume, Paper and Website submissions may be pre-screened with a limited number of competitors in these categories being selected to compete at the Northeast Georgia contest. Applicants will be notified by end of day February 3 of their acceptance status.

The application fee of $10.00 per student (not per team) must be received by January 20. Please make check payable to UGA and write the applicant’s name in the memo line. Mail payments to:

Northeast Georgia National History Day
Office of Academic Special Programs
1197 S. Lumpkin St., Suite 198
Athens, GA 30602

Resources for Teachers and Students

  1. The National History Day Rule Book provides important (and crucial!) information about selecting a topic, conducting your research, and readying your project for competition. All NHD participants should carefully review the rule book.
  2. Students and teachers who are interested in participating in the Northeast Georgia National History Day contest should explore the resources available on the National History Day website.
  3. The LaGrange College National History Day website is an excellent online resource for students and teachers to learn about finding and using primary sources, developing captivating research topics, incorporating NHD projects into the classroom learning objectives, and much more..
  4. The National Archives website has a number of resources supporting National History Day.

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Paper entries must be emailed by this date. Website entries must be completed by this date.

Course Date:

Saturday, February 15, 2020


University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States


$10 per student – must be received by Monday, January 20, 2020National History Day

Who Should Attend: 

Northeast Georgia students in grades 6-12 may apply. Junior Division, grades 6-8 and Senior Division, grades 9-12, are judged separately. Teams may enter in any category except Paper.