National History Day

Each year, more than half a million students participate in the NHD contest. At STA, 11th and 8th grade students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources, and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, Web sites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries.

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2017 Theme - Taking a Stand in History

STA History Day Fair is February 15, 2017

Those of you who are traveling this summer may be inspired by something you see on your trip. (Remember that 11th graders need to do something related to U.S. History.) There are some ideas on the National History Day Web site: http://www.nhd.org/contest-affiliates/annual-theme/

Mr. Hoverson has created a guide to doing History Day the STA Way for this year's theme.

History Day Materials

Access hints and resources from the Library Media Center via the STA Library Media Center Schoology Group.


Be a Judge for History Day

The Social Studies department of Saint Thomas Academy will sponsor the 23rd annual National History Day competition at Saint Thomas Academy on the evening of Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

This year the theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Students in grades 8 and 11 have been doing extensive research on topics related to this theme and will be presenting their exhibits, Web sites, performances and documentaries to their classmates and the public.

We invite parents, faculty, staff, and all members of the Saint Thomas Academy community to serve as judges for this event. About 36 judges are needed. No experience or special knowledge is required–instruction will be provided beforehand. The event will take about three hours of your time, between approximately 6:45 and 9:00 p.m. on the evening of February 15.

Past judges have agreed that the judging experience is enjoyable and valuable for judges and students alike. 

If you are interested in judging, please provide the information requested below by Friday, February 10 (though earlier is better).


All judges will receive a confirmation notice and additional information on judging this theme within a few days after I receive your registration. Thank you for helping with this important educational event.



Doug Hoverson, History Day Coordinator

Do you have a son in 8th grade? *
Do you have a son in 11th grade? *
Your preference of format type to judge: *