• What Is NHD?

    National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

    Over half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the annual NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topic's significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state, and national levels, where professional historians and educators evaluate them. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

    In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

    •Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

    •Research and reading skills

    •Oral and written communication and presentation skills

    •self-esteem and confidence

    •A sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

    More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine, and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.

    Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in one of nine categories:

    Paper (Individual only)

    Individual Performance

    Group Documentary

    Individual Exhibit

    Group Performance

    Individual Website

    Group Exhibit

    Individual Documentary

    Group Website


    Henry County Regional Competition (Region 6)

    Students in grades 6th through 12th will be able to participate in the 8th Annual Henry County Regional National History Day (NHD) program. The NHD program is designed to engage students in an ongoing, academic historical research project. Participating in NHD fosters students to develop skills in:

    • Historical analysis

    • Content writing

    • Creative expression

    National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression in informational writing, filmmaking, web design, playwriting, and acting as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation's capitol in June.


    In Georgia, there are ten regional competitions. Henry County is region six. The HCS Regional Contest will follow the NHD Georgia and National History Day format for SY24. If the state or national contest is virtual, the HCS Regional contest will be virtual. If the state and national contests are in-person, the HCS Regional contest will mimic the NHD - Georgia and National History Day contests. 










    Henry County Schools Region 6 Competition STUDENT REGION DEADLINES:

    • School-level Competition Completed & Teacher Registration Due: Friday, January 26, 2024, by 4:00 pm (Students can only register after their teacher registers)

    • ALL Entries Due:  Friday, February 27, 2024, by 11:59 pm

    • Judging Preview of Entries: March 4-7, 2024 (Online)

    • In-person Regional Judging & Interviews: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Academy for Advanced Studies

    • HCS Regional Awards Ceremony: March 9, 2024, at 3:00 pm at the Academy for Advanced Studies

    Please visit this link for the Henry County Schools Regional Contest website for additional information.

    National History Day Georgia

    National History Day (NHD) Georgia is a Georgia Humanities and Lagrange College program. NHD encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in historical research and analysis.

    Over the school year, students select a topic related to a yearly theme and develop their projects through extensive primary and secondary source research. Under the guidance of a sponsoring teacher, students choose both their subject matter and a vehicle to present their research within the following categories: Documentary, Exhibition, Paper, Performance, or Website. NHD attracts thousands of participants yearly, and competitions occur at the Regional, State, and National levels.