2023-24 School Year

On this page you will find information for the the 2023-24 program year and contest season. Please contact us anytime with questions. We are here to support our teachers, parents, and students with every step of the process! 

Program Help and Presentations

The N.C. History Day team is available to meet with educators and their students to introduce the program or to help with any stage of the process. There are also options available for independent students to participate even if their schools do not.  Please contact us to discuss how we can help!

Current Contest Rules

If students are competing, it is important that they follow the official National History Day rules. Please click one to the boxes below to access the current NHD Rule Book in English or Spanish.  

The Annual Theme

National History Day's 2023-24 theme is "Turning Points in History." Students should choose a history topic that connects to this theme and show that connection in their projects. Visit our NHD Theme page to start brainstorming on topics and find resources to help you on this year's journey!

NHD Theme Page

WeVideo for Schools

Contact us to get free WeVideo for Schools accounts this year! It's a safe and secure online video editing program, perfect for documentary students or those who need to edit video clips for websites or exhibits. Teachers and NHD mentors can monitor and track student work and create their own videos. Email nchistoryday@ncdcr.gov to set up accounts for you and your students. 

Planning and Preparing Projects for Contests

If planning to compete, teachers and students should aim to have projects completed before the registration deadline for each contest as some project materials must be submitted online during registration by that deadline. To see what is due during registration in each category, please view the project submission guidelines for all North Carolina regional and state contests.

NHD Project Submission Guidelines

Regional Contests

North Carolina is divided into eight regions for History Day competitions. Students must first participate in their assigned regional contest, then the finalists from that region will advance to the state competition. 

Regional Contest Dates & Locations

This map shows North Carolina's current regions.

State Contest

Students must qualify to compete at the state level by first competing at their assigned regional contest listed above. This year the state level contest for North Carolina will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2024 in a new location - UNC Greensboro's campus! 

If you have questions about the state contest and upcoming plans, please contact Karen Ipock.  

Visit the State Contest Page

National Contest

The top two projects from each category at the state contest qualify to attend the national contest. The national contest takes place in June every year.

Visit the National Contest Page