National History Day is a highly regarded academic contest for students in grades 4-12 that encourages critical thinking, research skills, oral and written communication skills, and self-esteem. Students research and develop topics related to an annual theme and present their conclusions in exhibits, performances, documentaries, or historical papers. In South Carolina, National History Day is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and supported by SC Humanities.
More than 9,500 South Carolina students participated in National History Day in South Carolina in 2009. Students participated in school-level and regional-level competitions prior to advancing to the South Carolina State Competition on Saturday, April 25th, 2009. Several hundred students, parents, and teachers converged on the South Carolina Department of Archives and History building in Columbia to compete to appear at the National History Day competition on June 14 – 18, 2009 in College Park, Maryland. 61 projects and more than 100 students were honored with Gold, Silver, and Special Awards. Gold Award winners may advance to the national competition.
To see a full list of 2009 state award winners, please visit the National History Day in SC Web site: http://nhd.sc.gov/2009award.htm.
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