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Virginia History Day

April 26, 2014

Rights and Responsibilities in History

A History Competition

Virginia History Day is a history competition for students in grades six through twelve. It is conducted at district and state levels in conjunction with the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day program. The first round of competition is held in the eight Districts of Virginia. Students in grades six through eight (6-8) are assigned to the junior division, students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) are assigned to the senior division. In each division, students may compete in any one of nine categories:

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  • Individual Documentary
  • Group Documentary
  • Individual Exhibit
  • Group Exhibit
  • Individual Historical Paper
  • Individual Performance
  • Group Performance
  • Group Websites
  • Individual Websites

The two best entries in each category, and in each age division, at the District competition qualify for the State contest, which will be held on Saturday, April 26 at in Williamsburg.

Happy National History Day MedalistsThe two best entries in each category, and in each age division, at the State competition qualify for the national competition, which will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park. [For details regarding competition rules see the Contest Rule Book.]

Competition Theme

The theme of the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day 2014 is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Students are encouraged to examine their topic's influence on history and draw conclusions about the ways in which their topic had an impact on the course of events and on individuals, communities, nations, or the world. Students and teachers are encouraged to remember local history and local resources when selecting topics.

Virginia Standards of Learning

Virginia History Day is an academic program and competition that correlates with Virginia Standards of Learning in grades 6-12 in the disciplines of Computer Technology, English, Fine Arts, and History and Social Science. For more information on meeting the standards, please visit the following URLs: