The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly announces 353 students from schools across the state took part in the 2023 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) State Contest on Saturday, April 22 at Marian University in Indianapolis.
NHDI is a yearlong program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana’s schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject that fits under the annual theme. This years theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas, inviting students to consider questions of time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance. Students use their research to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website.
Educators and students alike use NHDI because it allows them to build critical thinking, inquiry, analysis and presentation skills through subjects the students are passionate about. Whether students create mini projects in class or go all the way to regional and state contests, educators and students share control of the project.
Students qualified for state by taking part in regional contests where volunteer judges worked in teams to assess projects, give feedback and rank winners. All regional finalists advanced to the state contest, where students also had the chance to win special prizes for Indiana history topics.
For a list of NHDI State Contest winners, including student names, school names, project categories and project names, please visit: https://bit.ly/3oGyFrv. All first- and second-place state finishers in each junior and senior category are now eligible to compete in the National Contest for National History Day held June 11-15, 2023, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
NHDI is presented by the Rooker Family Foundation with support from the Vigran Family Foundation. For more information, visit www.indianahistory.org/historyday or call (317) 232-1882.