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National History Day

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"Students learn history by doing history" ...

Connecting History to the Present & Future

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. More than half a million middle and high school students participate annually. Learn more about the scope and reach of NHD from their website!

At CCS, NHD has been fully integrated into the curriculum for 8th and 11th graders. At the beginning of each school year, students choose a historical topic that fits the annual NHD theme and spend the year going through the research process. Students can choose to create an exhibit, documentary, website, or performance. 

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Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests, with just 3,000 students out of 500,000 making it to the University of Maryland for the National Contest in June. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia.

NHD Academic Benefits


  • Reading and composition skills

  • Creative arts

  • Organizational skills

  • Problem Solving


  • Time management

  • Presentation skills

  • Analytical skills, including multiple perspectives

  • Critical thinking

  • Writing and research skills

  • Confidence


  • College and University studies

  • Real world work environments

  • Citizenship


CCS Success at NHD

Since 2006, CCS has annually sent students and projects to the State level competition and for many years, students go on to the National level competition, held annually at the University of Maryland.

Nevada Williams, an upcoming CCS senior, was one of the select 3,000 students earn a place at NHD Nationals this year! Congratulations, Nevada!

We're so proud of the success that our students have achieved!

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