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Three students at the NHD Nationals awards ceremony, dressed as and holding inflatable chile peppers.
Photo caption: N.M. NHD students showing off their state pride at the awards ceremony.

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY 2024 NATIONAL CONTEST

WHO: Fifty-eight students from New Mexico
WHAT: National History Day National Competition
WHERE: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
WHEN: June 9-13, 2024
CONTACT: New Mexico History Day State Coordinator, Stephanie Wilson, HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org.

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The NMHC is proud to announce the successful conclusion of National History Day in New Mexico, 2024 celebrating “Turning Points in History.” Fifty-eight students, from New Mexico, attended the contest at the University of Maryland June 9-13, 2024 with their teachers, parents, guardians, and families. Students in grades 6-12, were given various opportunities, including but not limited to: presenting their work at an international level, touring our nation’s capital, attending Major League Baseball games and Broadway musicals, meeting premier documentary makers such as Ken Burns, and networking with their peers from around the world.

2024 marked National History Day’s 50th anniversary, and we are reminded of New Mexico’s history with the program — dating back to the late 1990s. New Mexico has historically been competitive at the national level, and this year was no different. Julie Autrey, from Moriarty High School, won second place for “Senior Individual Exhibit” as well as the “Marine Corps History Award” with her project “From Desks to Depots: The Women’s Armed Service Integration Act.” Lauren Brueggen from Silver High School won the “History of the Physical Sciences/Technology” Award for her individual website on “Turning the Tides of History: The Ebb and Flow of Tide-Predicting Machines.” Thamson Heneghan from La Plata Middle School won an “Outstanding Entry” Award for his individual documentary “Mongols and Merchants: When Nomads Bridged Civilizations.” Mary Nichols, Gracie Motoya and Carolyn Coltrane from Silver High School won an “Outstanding Entry” Award for their group performance “The Accomplishments of Elizabeth Blackwell: Turning Points in Medical History.” Both of the “Outstanding Entry” awards were given to those who also placed in the top ten at NHD Nationals, where every state and dozens of countries are represented. This year, we once again proved that New Mexican students, teachers and families can compete, and win, against some of the best and brightest in the world.

The national competition marked the successful completion of National History Day in New Mexico’s celebration of “Turning Points in History.” Now we look forward to the new 2025 NHD theme “Rights and Responsibilities.” (Students who stayed in dorms at the University of Maryland during the competition, were already talking about “what they wanted to do next year” as we were checking out.)

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Three students at the NHD Nationals awards ceremony, dressed as and holding inflatable chile peppers.

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY 2024 NATIONAL CONTEST

The NMHC is proud to announce the successful conclusion of National History Day in New Mexico, 2024 celebrating “Turning Points in History.” Fifty-eight students, from New Mexico, attended the contest at the University of Maryland June 9-13, 2024 with their teachers, parents, guardians, and families…

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the NHD in NM State Contest 2024 winners, with text: "Going to NHD Nationals!"

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY NATIONAL CONTEST

The National History Day (NHD) National Contest “is the culmination of the annual competition cycle and a celebration of student scholarship. After spending months on project research and preparation, and successfully competing at local and affiliate contests, student scholars are invited to…

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the NHD in NM State Contest 2024 winners, with text: "Going to NHD Nationals!"

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY STATE CONTEST 2024 RECAP

The 2024 National History Day (NHD) in New Mexico State competition concluded with overwhelming success last month, with 24 schools and 217 middle and high school students participating from across the state. This year’s theme, “Turning Points in History,” inspired a wide array of topics from…

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ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® (NHD):

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit NHD.org.

ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® IN NEW MEXICO:

History Day in New Mexico is open to elementary, middle, and high school students statewide. The program is organized and sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. NMHC offers online and in-person professional development for teachers as well as student events.