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Best in Event Projects

The following projects were all nominated by our judges this year to be presented as Best in Event.

Historical Paper
American Eugenics: The Product of a Lack of Communication
Rebecca Eastham - University Preparatory High School

The Impact of the MRI: Communicating with the Body
Angel Montes and Courtney Newlin - Dinuba High School

Rachel Carson’s Not So Silent Spring: Advocating for the Environment by Revolutionizing Science Communication
Charvi Reddy - University Preparatory High School

A Communication Never Broken: The Navajo Code Talkers
Caleb Carrillo - Dinuba High School

Anatomy: From Mystery to History, How One Man's Work Revolutionized the Medical Field
Maribel Urtiz - Dinuba High School

La Malinche: Interpreters of the Past are the Key to Understanding Our Future
Callie Waldner - Kings River Union School

The Communications of Jovita Idar
Alena Garver - Dinuba High School

Propaganda of Hate: How Nazis Communicated Anti-Semitism During the Holocaust
Sophia Weber - University Preparatory High School

Slave Songs: A Guide to Freedom
Addison Reardon, Hannah Wegley and Hollen Wegley - University Preparatory High School

1918 Spanish Flu
Genesis Chavez - Ridgeview Middle School

Changes Through Dedication With K-Pop Globally
Delany Pamplona and Stephanie Sanchez - Dinuba High School

Music of the 1940s: Understanding the Average Wartime Citizen
Mia Giannandrea - University Preparatory High School

History Day is a theme-based research program that breathes life into California Content standards and reading/language arts themes. This year's theme is Communication in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students' historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

History Day can be a part of your core curriculum, both English/Language Arts and History/Social Science. Tulare County Office of Education can assist with resources and technical expertise. A list of which Common Core standards related to the 2021 theme, Communication in History, will be provided as a downloadable by NHD. 

Districts can contact the Tulare County Office of Education for coaching help in the classroom to help the teacher get started for next year. The NHD-CA website has many online resources for teachers, students and parents. 

There are two levels of participation:
  • Process Level
    Any class, school, or district can participate in the non-competitive, process level of participation. This level allows all students to improve their research skills. In a timeline of approximately 1-3 weeks, teachers can guide students through the research process. Projects augment the core curricular materials, and compliment the learning themes in English/Language Arts and History/Social Science. The culmination of the classroom projects at the school or district might become part of your district's multiple measure assessment program. Qualified presenters from Tulare County Office of Education offer classes to prepare teachers to use this program in the classroom. Teachers who complete these classes will receive certificates for all their students that present projects in their school or classroom.
  • Competitive Level
    Some classes, schools and districts have students that are ready to move to the next step, and enter the competitive level of participation. The timeline for these projects is much longer. Students write their thesis statement, build their annotated bibliographies by visiting libraries and interviewing primary sources. Then students document their learning process in a process paper. From their research, they create their exhibit or website to specifications, prepare a 10-minute presentation or documentary, develop and deliver a performance, or write a 2,500 word paper. Fourth- and fifth-graders prepare posters, being careful to keep within the guidelines in the California History Day regulations. These projects must include an annotated bibliography with both primary and secondary resources, and a process paper. Their posters, papers, exhibits, websites, documentaries or performances will stand on their own merit to be judged by experts in history. A panel of judges will interview them to validate their hard work, and recommend the finest projects to move on to California History Day Competition. Finalists from California move to the National History Day event held each year at the University of Maryland.
On February 19, 2021, Tulare County students in grades 4-12 represented their districts by entering their projects in the National History Day - Tulare County competition. 

National History Day - Tulare County Competition categories included:
  • Junior division: grades 6-8
    • Group Performance
    • Individual Performance
    • Group Exhibit
    • Individual Exhibit
    • Group Documentary
    • Individual Documentary
    • Group Historical Website Design
    • Individual Historical Website Design
    • Historical Paper
  • Senior division: grades 9-12
    • Group Performance
    • Individual Performance
    • Group Exhibit
    • Individual Exhibit
    • Group Documentary
    • Individual Documentary
    • Group Historical Website Design
    • Individual Historical Website Design
    • Historical Paper
  • Grades 4/5 only
    • Group 2D Display
    • Individual 2D Display
Students who are selected to advance to the California State History Day competition will attend the Project Critique portion of the competition in order to participate in a one-on-one critique session with a panel of judges. At this event, competitors receive rigorous and relevant feedback before moving on to the National History Day - California State Finals.

Regional Event Details

Finals Judging
February 19, 2021
Online Location TBD

Project Feedback Day
February 23, 2021
Online Location TBD

Project Registration Form
Media Release
Code of Ethics Form (English)
Code of Ethics Form (Spanish)

Official TCOE National History Day Website

Event Contacts:

Paula Terrill
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-0565

Justin Paredes
Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist - History & Integrated Studies


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