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Buchanan students among winners of 43rd annual National History Day contest

nhdlogoThree Buchnanan High students have been named as award winners at the 2017 National History Day Contest, which featured more than a half-million student entries.

The top two entries in each category were invited to the National History Day National Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 11-15.

Competitors represented the 57 affiliate members, including every state, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in South Korea, South Asia, and China. More than 3,000 middle and high school students presented their work related to the 2017 theme, Taking a Stand in History. Among the winners:

Senior Group Performance

First Place
Title: Solidarity: The Polish People Take a Stand for Freedom

Student(s): Sydney Fox, Allison Hodge, and Matthew Clark
School: Buchanan High School – Clovis, California

“The competitors at this level are some of the hardest working students of their generation,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The work they produce is astounding in its breadth and scope of historical research. Once again, they amazed me, the NHD staff, and the judges with their dynamic and creative projects. Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 National History Day Contest.”

Founded in 1974 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the National History Day Contest inspires students to conduct original historical research through project-based contests.

The full list of winners is online at: nhd.org/winners

First-place entries in the junior and senior division’s five categories of documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website are given the title, “National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholar” and receive a $1,000 award sponsored by NEH.

Second and third-place entries in all categories receive $500 and $250, respectively.
Two entries from each NHD affiliate receive an “Outstanding Affiliate Entry” award sponsored by the National Park Service.

More than two dozen special awards are presented for topics ranging from African American History to World War I. Sponsored by organizations from around the country, they are presented to outstanding entries in any category.


About National History Day (NHD)

NHD is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage more than a half-million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.

These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators.

NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.


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