National History Day

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators.

In addition to facilitating the discovery 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, and
  • A sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.

2015 – 2016 Weiss Results (This was Weiss’s first year participating):

53,000 Florida students from grades 6-8 entered projects for Florida History Fair (National History Day).

1,100 students won 1st or 2nd in their county competition to make it to the state competition.

25 of these students were ours and represented 63% of the Junior Division in Palm Beach and this was their first year ever hearing about National History Day.

24 students traveled with us spread over 9 different projects and each group did amazing. Out of our group we had numerous groups make it to the final rounds in their division and…

NANAKO, ASHER, and ZOE ARE GOING TO NATIONALS!!! They also received the Palm Beach Outstanding County Award – This award is awarded to the single best project from each county, Senior or Junior division.

Please click on the following links to view and read a collection of this years projects:

Group Website: U-Boats: Battle of the Atlantic by Mark Steyman and Marts Purins (7th grade)

Group Website: The Golden Age of Pyracy by Kyle Desjarlais, Aadhya Shah, and Stone Wilshire (6th grade)

Historical Paper: Hernando de Soto and the Expedition of Florida by Brandon Snyder (7th grade)

Historical Paper: The Great Florida Land Boom and Bust of the Roaring 1920’s by Ryan Eng

Group Documentary: Henry Morrison Flagler by Madeleine Sampson, Emalee Schnur, Lili Szaszvarosi, and Sierra Weinstein (6th grade)

Group Documentary: Andrew Jackson and the Colonization of Florida by Sophia Cicerchia, Rayan Dharia, Michael Evrard, and Hannah Snyder (7th grade)

Group Exhibit: The Treaty of the Seminoles, 1866 by Christina Cross, Victoria Cross, and Mackenzie Grizzard (6th grade – Final Round)

Group Exhibit: The Voyage of the MS St. Louis by Navya Jagadish, Shayne Melhado, Holden Neer (7th grade – Final Round)