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Colorado History Day

NHDC Wall of Fame!

2015 Winners

​Joyce Xu from Fairview High School won 2nd place in Senior Papers for her entry, "Man, Myth, and Icon: The Life and Legacy of Che Guevara." Click here to read the essay.

Connect Charter School students Jaylan Gonzalez and Danielle Vigil received third place in Junior Group Documentary for their project, "236 Words: The Leadership and Legacy of Dr. Seuss." Click here​ for the entry. 

Third place in Senior Group Performance went to Denver School of the Arts students Maia Brockbank, Camryn Daidone, Brynn Gauthier, and Audrey Roberts for their entry, "The INF Treaty: Reagan and Gorbachev's Fight for a Legacy Free of Nuclear Proliferation."

2014 Winners_____

Isabella Bowland from Southern Hills Middle School won the bronze for her Junior Individual Performance, "From Press, to Public, to Politicians: Exploring the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: It's Impact on the Rights of Human Subjects and the Responsibilities of All in a Democratic Society."​

Congratulations to our Outstanding State Entries:

Breanne Barrett and Maria Meza (Gunnison After School Program) for their Junior Group Performance, "Happy Literacy Day, a Fantastical Trip of the Things He Did Say: The Footprints of Dr. Seuss" and Jennifer Jun (Fairview High School) for her Senior Paper, "Disturbing Comfort: A Violation of Rights and the Japanese Government's Denial of Responsibility" 

____________________2013 Winners_____


Hamilton Middle School student
Alexander Weissman won
the gold in 2013 for his Junior Paper,
"Pivotal Politics- The Marshall Plan: A Turning
Point in Foreign Aid and the
Struggle for democracy."

Fairview High School student Jessica Piper
and her teacher
Scott Peoples were all smiles when she received the gold medal in Senior Papers for her entry, "The Great Railroad Strike of 1877: A Catalyst for the American Labor Movement."
Denver School of the Arts teacher Barbara Allen poses proudly with Molly Maier
after she received the bronze medal in Junior Individual Exhibits for her project, "The Pill:10mg that Rocked the Modern

Contact Info

National History Day in Colorado

Mailing Address:
National History Day in Colorado
Department of History
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 182, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Physical location:
Student Commons Building 
1201 Larimer Street
Room 3128
Denver, CO 80204

History Department Office
(View the Map)
Phone: (303) 315-1789



Qualifying Students: Click here​ to register for the State Contest

​If you have not participated in a regional contest and placed 1st-3rd DO NOT register for this contest. 

​ ​To judge at the State Contest, click here​

​Students: Help us design our 2016 contest t-shirt and button! Click here for more information on the t-shirt contest. Click here​ for more information on the button contest. 

Attention High School Juniors: Scholarship Opportunity
The University of Colorado Denver​ is pleased to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a high school Junior. Click here​ for important information and the application. 

What Is National History Day in Colorado? Check Out Our Video to Learn More! 

Click here​ to view a film highlighting the impact and importance of the NHDC program created by Boulder High School students Whitney Lawless, Emma Chow, and Jenna Richter. ​

NHDC Elementary Poster Contest   
NHDC is excited to announce the 4th/5th grade poster contest for our elementary schools. Click here for more details. Be sure to check out the newest page on our website that has examples, standards documents, rubrics, and more. Click here​!

Introducing the 2016 Theme: Exploration, Encounter, ​Exchange in History 

Students can start working on their projects immediately following the conclusion of the National Contest in June. Click here for the theme narrative. 

2015-2016 Project and Classroom Assistance
  • ​​​  ​​​Looking for project examples? Check out the example page from the national office
  •   ​Looking for an expert to interview on your topic? Check out our new Speaker and Interviewee Bureau. Click here for more information. Do you know anyone who might be interested in joining our Bureau? If so, contact Celeste Archer
  • Teachers: Click here for classroom tools and project development documents 
  • Attention Teachers: Please contact us and we will help you to integrate History Day into your classroom.

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     Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust 


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NHD Receives
Medal From
President Obama

Feb. 13, 2012 -- National History Day (NHD), a year-long academic program focused on historical research for 6th to 12th grade students, was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.
Read the NHD Press Release
See the news story here!