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Advisory: 2024 National History Day—California

More Than 1,500 Students to Compete in State History Day Contest

SCOE Media Advisory

Contact: Xanthi Soriano, Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (916) 228-2713 • Email:

On-Site Contacts:
Craig Irish, SCOE, NHD-CA State Coordinator: (916) 803-5682
Whitney Olson, NHD-CA State Coordinator: (707) 849-3503

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 18, 2024


WHAT: 2024 National History Day—California

WHEN: April 19–21, 2024 | Competition Schedule
Elementary Division Awards 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20
Jr./Sr. Division Awards 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21

WHERE: CSUS University Union
6000 Jed Smith Dr., Sacramento, CA 95819

WHO: More than 1,500 students from 248 schools will compete for a chance to represent California in the National History Day contest.

WHY: National History Day–California is a highly anticipated statewide competition that promotes the study of history and encourages students to engage in historical research and analysis. Students in grades 4–12 participate, conducting research and presenting their findings in the form of exhibits, documentaries, websites, posters, podcasts, performances, or historical papers. This year’s theme is “Turning Points in History.”

National History Day is an inquiry-based student-centered program that brings project-based learning to the History-Social Studies classroom. Adaptable to all educational settings, History Day supports critical thinking with authentic research and historical inquiry skills. At its core, History Day is about student choice and voice. Students choose their research topic, drive their research, and choose their project format. Students also gain self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process. Divisions include Elementary (grades 4–5), Junior (grades 6–8), and Senior (grades 9–12). State qualifiers will move on to the National History Day competition, which will take place June 9–13 at the University of Maryland, College Park.