The National History Day contest is an annual event in which over half a million students compete. They are allowed to pick any topic that relates to the overall theme and present their findings in one of the following categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Junior divisions are for middle school and junior high students and senior divisions are for high school students.
This year’s theme was Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. Annually the national leg of the competition is held at the University of Maryland in College Park. Participants often visit the monuments and museums in Washington, D.C., and learn more from the trip than they do in the preparation.
“(The biggest benefit) is being able to have the experience of presenting my project and interacting with the other people,” said Jonah, mentioning 4000 people from all 50 states represented their schools last year. “The world is full of various people. I am looking forward to visiting Arlington and the Smithsonian Castle.”