Skip to main content

Winners of the 43rd Annual National History Day Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National History Day presented the awards for the 2017 National History Day Contest. More than a half-million students around the world entered the contest at the local level, with the top entries advancing to state/affiliate contests. 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 57affiliatemembers, 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.

“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 provided below and online at:

Numerous awards are granted to students, including the following.

  • 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.
  • Three senior participants receive full or partial scholarships from Case Western Reserve University, Chaminade University in Honolulu, and the University of Maryland. These awards are chosen by university representatives.

The full list of winners is provided below and online at:

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

Image placeholder title

Frontline Feature


Kramer Auction Service

Our knowledge in firearms, advertising, auctions, and technology are why we are Wisconsin’s premier firearms auction center. If you’re looking to buy or sell guns, military items, and others, Kramer Auction Service will help you every step of the way.