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The 2023 Virginia District 5 Competition was a success! Thank you to all who participated! For the 2023 Virginia District 5 competition, each school is encouraged to register up to the top three projects for individual and groups in each category. In the case of a tie for third place at the school level, please petition the District Coordinator on a case by case basis. Homeschool students and students whose schools do not compete are welcome to enter with their parents listed as the teacher sponsor.
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Competition Date and Location

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Project Submission Deadline

Thursday, February 23, 2023

2023 National History Day Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas

National History Day is a project-based history competition for students grades 6 through 12. Students complete an individual or group project that relates to the year’s theme in one of five categories: Historical Paper, Website, Documentary, Exhibit, or Performance. 

For more information about how to get started and rules, visit the National History Day contest page. 

For more information about how to get started and videos for each entry type, visit National History Day Teacher Resources.

Looking for examples of past winning projects to show your students? Visit the National History Day Project Categories page for examples from every category. Remember, while the overall presentation is important, the historical research and analysis carry the most weight in the judging process. This includes being historically accurate, analyzing information (not simply listing facts), placing the topic in historical context, using primary resources, and finding a wide array of sources. 

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