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 ​300 Local Students Compete at National History Day San Diego Event

Students from nineteen different schools recently competed for the chance to represent San Diego County at the California National History Day (NHD-CA) happening in May at William Jessup University, in Rocklin. Three winners each (elementary, junior, and senior) were chosen in a variety of categories to go to the state level.

National History Day – San Diego (NHD-SD) competitors completed months of extensive research on a topic of their choice that followed this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History." Each entrant chose the manner in which they wanted to demonstrate their newfound knowledge. While the exhibit category claimed the largest number of entries, documentaries, websites, historical papers, and performances were all used effectively by students in the junior (grades 6-8) and senior (9-12) divisions. Elementary exhibitors, who compete only at the state level, created two-dimensional posters, which were exhibited and judged during the local competition.

Personal interviews were held, giving these young historians a chance to articulately share their project with volunteer adult judges, who score them utilizing a common rubric. "The greater San Diego community has been very supportive of National History Day," said Janet Mulder, NHD-SD coordinator. "More than 90 volunteers worked at the competition helping the students to effectively show what they have learned in this rigorous project."

The winners were announced at a “Celebration of Learning” that included guest speaker Gabe Selak, History Ambassador from San Diego History Center, who shared  with the students, their parents and teachers, his excitement for and the importance of studying history. In addition to the state awards, special awards sponsored by 27 different community groups and individuals were also presented to winning projects. 

Competitors were drawn from 19 schools across the county: Bonsall High, The Children’s School, Chui Home School, Chula Vista Middle, De Portola Middle, Design 39, Francis Parker, Hillsdale Middle, Joan MacQueen Middle, Longfellow Spanish Immersion, Mesa Verde Middle, Oak Grove Middle, Pacific Beach Middle, Rancho Bernardo High, Rancho Buena Vista High, Shadow Hills Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary, Valhalla High, and Valley Middle School.

State-level winners go onto the National History Day competition which will be held at University of Maryland in June. 

View a full list of winners in each category on the National History Day San Diego website.