National History Day Contest Draws Students Statewide
North Carolina students compete in the National History Day Competition in April.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Middle and high school students from across North Carolina participated in the National History Day Competition April 29 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The competition’s theme was “Taking a Stand in History.”
More than 450 students representing public, private and home schools competed in 18 different categories, sharing historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances about world, American, and local history and contemporary issues.
“Students really got into this year’s theme and chose topics ranging from Genghis Khan to Malala Yousafzai,” says Karen Ipock, who coordinated the competition and is the child education coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “There were several projects on great stands taken in North Carolina, including the Greensboro Four sit-in.”
Judges selected 71 finalists who had the opportunity to attend the national competition this summer in College Park, Maryland, and presented cash prizes to 36 students who excelled in certain topics.