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Sacramento County Students Compete at 2023 History Day

Students Vie for Spot in State Contest at SCOE-Sponsored Event

Student in front of project display

Sacramento-area students selected topics and researched them like historians do: using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. Their final projects, including analysis and interpretations, detailed the facts and evidence they’d gathered throughout the school year.

Last Saturday, 220 Sacramento-area students used performances, artistic displays, vivid documentaries, Podcasts, and websites to celebrate local history during Sacramento County History Day at Inderkum High School. Champions from the March 4 competition are listed online. In addition to competing for medals and a spot in the state competition, many special awards were presented, including certificates and cash prizes, thanks to the support of local organizations.

As students prepared for the competition, they developed their historical research and critical thinking abilities, in addition to flexing their reading and writing skills. Projects reflected the 2023 theme, “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.”

“The benefits of high-quality, collaborative, robust history and civic learning are broad. They support college and career readiness by creating more positive school climates, which builds strong attendance, engagement, and connection,” said Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon.

County Champions

Individuals and teams earning the highest honors (Champions) will advance to the National History Day–California competition, scheduled for April 15–16 at California State University, Sacramento. The following schools from Sacramento County will be represented in the state competition:

Elk Grove Unified School District

  • Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Monterey Trail High School

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

  • Cordova High School
  • Folsom Middle School
  • Theodore Judah Elementary School
  • Vista del Lago High School

San Juan Unified School District

  • Mary Deterding Elementary
  • Mira Loma High School
  • Rio Americano High School
  • Winston Churchill Middle School

Twin Rivers Unified School District

  • Smythe Academy of Arts & Sciences Middle School

Private/Charter Programs

  • Sacramento Country Day School (Private)
  • Visions in Education (Charter School)

About the Competition

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) administers Sacramento County History Day, along with the Center for Sacramento History and a team of dedicated volunteers. The local event is associated with National History Day, a year-long educational program that encourages elementary, middle, and high school students to explore local, state, national, and world history. At each competition level, student projects are evaluated by history experts and educators. Competition divisions include Elementary (grades 4–5), Junior (grades 6–8), and Senior (grades 9–12).

Student shaking hands and receiving medal
Students posing at lectern
Students posing behind lectern
Students posing with medals