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Group photo of all the NHD in NM State Contest 2024 winners, with text: "Going to NHD Nationals!"
Photo caption: Winners from the NHD in N.M. State Contest

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY STATE CONTEST 2024 RECAP

WHO: Students, teachers and volunteers from across New Mexico
WHAT: National History Day in New Mexico State Contest
WHERE: University of New Mexico
WHEN: April 13, 2024
CONTACT: New Mexico History Day State Coordinator, Stephanie Wilson, HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org.

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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 women’s suffrage to the Manhattan Project.

Students competed in a variety of formats, including documentaries, websites, exhibits, performances and research papers.

Several students received notable accolades for their exceptional work. Caitlin Adcock, a 6th grader at Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo, earned the Office of the State Historian Award for her insightful paper on the Pueblo Revolt. The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee Excellence in Research Award was awarded to Karma Bromwell, while Scarlet Evans of Silver High garnered the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Award for her exhibit on Geronimo’s surrender—a pivotal moment in Southwestern history.

In addition, the NHD state contest had a number of highlights, including the awards ceremony emceed by Rob Martinez, New Mexico State Historian, and celebrity historian Raffi Andonian. Before the awards ceremony, Chautauqua speaker Darryl Wellington captivated attendees with his portrayal of Black novelist Richard Wright, bringing his life and narratives to life.

With 58 students set to represent New Mexico at the NHD National Competition at the University of Maryland from June 9-13, 2024, the enthusiasm and diversity of our young historians promise a vibrant future. This year’s NHD state contest was one of the largest in recent memory, affirming the New Mexico Humanities Council’s dedication for continued growth in this program.

Student presenting to judges in front of an exhibit board about Constantinople
Student performance presentation
Darryl Wellington presenting as Richard Wright
Three students dressed as suffragists
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Group photo of all 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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National History Day judge Kwesi Boafo

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National History Day student dressed in a top hat standing by the registration sign.

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY STATE CONTEST APRIL 13TH

A total of 216 students with 120 projects will compete in New Mexico National History Day at the University of New Mexico, marking our biggest state competition in years. Students, ranging from grades 6 through 12 and coming from a wide variety of schools across New Mexico—from Lordsburg to…

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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.