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History Day is a competition for students in grades six through twelve.  The students are divided into two divisions based on their grade level.  Students in grades six through eight (6-8) make up the Junior Division while students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) make up the Senior Division. Within each division students compete in nine categories. Check the full rulebook for each competition at the National History Day site.


The date for 2015 submission is March 19 for papers and March 19 for websites. Papers must be submitted by email to or mailed to 734 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or 58 Bluestone Drive MSC 2001 Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

    Individual documentary         Group documentary

    Individual exhibit                    Group exhibit

    Individual performance         Group performance

    Individual website                   Group website

    Individual historical paper      


Effective this year, there is a change so that more students from each category will move on to the state competition.  For categories with less than 9 entries, 3 will move on to state (instead of two as previously).  For those with 9-16 entries, 4 move on.  For those with 17-24 entries, 5 move on.  For those with 25-35 entries, 6 move on.  And for those with more than 36 entries (primarily exhibits), 7 will move on to state.

After registration ends, the number of students moving on in each category will be posted after registration ends. The top 2 entries will continue to receive plaques.      

In addition to all the usual categories, we will have an additional prize offered by Normandy Allies, a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Normandy campaign in France during World War II.  Normandy Allies will award a plaque and copy of the book, “No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love:  A Son’s Journey to Normandy” by Walter Ford Carter in both the Junior and Senior divisions.  The winner in each division, regardless of category, will be the outstanding entry which, in the opinion of the Normandy Allies judging team, best relates to the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

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