National History Day at Whitewater High School: Home

This guide is designed to help freshman students at Whitewater High School prepare research projects for National History Day.

Why Should I Participate?


critical thinking, writing, and research skills and boosts performance across all subjects.


students for college, work, and citizenship.


students to do more than they even thought they could.

Whitewater High School Library Media Center

National History Day information from the Library Media Center at Whitewater High School:

For more information contact:

Vicki Santacroce
Library Media Coordinator
Whitewater Unified School District
Whitewater, WI  53121
(262) 472-8153

Library Media Center Hours:
7:30 AM-3:30 PM

Quote from the Director

“History Day teaches students to look at the past, understand the present, and help them shape the future.”

-Cathy Gorn, Executive Director of National History Day

National History Day Videos

National History Day: History of NHD (1:44) What is National History Day? The history channel shows you what the holiday is and where it came from.

What is National History Day?

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topic's significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Research and reading skills
  • Oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Self esteem and confidence
  • A sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.”

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