Students from 32 participating 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 17, 2018. Winners will advance to the state-level competition in Macon, and may then be selected to advance to the national competition in College Park, MD.
National 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 (Conflict and Compromise 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.
The T.R.R. Cobb House, a historic home and museum in Athens, GA, will be generously sponsoring four cash awards for Northeast Georgia NHD participants. These awards are:
- $75.00 to the top Junior Division (grade 6-8) project
- $100.00 to the top Senior Division (grade 9-12) project
- $75.00 to a Junior Division project focusing on Southern History
- $100.00 to a Senior Division project focusing on Southern History
New for 2018! Georgia World War I Centennial Commission Awards for Outstanding Research on World War I
- $500.00 to one Junior Division and one Senior Division project (any category) focusing on World War I
- Interested students must apply online for this award by February 1, 2018. Winners will be announced at the Northeast Georgia NHD contest on February 17, 2018. See the Northeast Georgia NHD Award Opportunities for more details.
Students are invited to join staff and volunteers for a special National History Day mentoring session on January 6, 2018 at the T.R.R. Cobb House (175 Hill Street) in Athens before submissions are due for the Regional contest! Mentors will provide guidance for sources as needed and suggestions before projects are judged at the regional level. Sessions will last 20-30 minutes and will be first come, first served. Reserve your spot today by emailing Ashleigh at email@example.com.
To enter the Northeast Georgia NHD contest, applicants must submit the Project Application Form by January 17, 2018. Applicants in the Paper category must also submit their papers by this date. Website category entries may not be edited after January 17. Project Application Forms (and Paper entries) may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 January 30 of their acceptance status.
The application fee of $10.00 per student (not per team) must be received by January 17, 2018. 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The National History Day Mentoring Program provides 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 to meet Common Core standards, and much more.
- The National Archives website has a number of resources supporting National History Day.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Paper entries must be emailed by this date. Website entries must be completed by this date.
$10 per student – must be received by Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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.