National History Day in Kentucky Resources

The NHD (National History Day) website has resources for teachers and students, including the official contest rule book.

KHS also has created and compiled the following resources for people involved with National History Day in Kentucky. Direct questions about these resources or any thing else about NHDKy to  Jennifer Disponette, at 502-782-8092.

For Teachers

Getting Started

Topic Selection

Thesis Statements

  • Classroom Activity: Understanding and Writing a Thesis Statement (Download PDF)

Putting It All Together



NEW Results and Announcements Posted (updated 3/23/2020)

NHDKy Competition

NHD hosts a contest each June. Regional and state contests determine students who attend from Kentucky. Contest participation is not required to take part in NHDKy, but if students choose to compete, the process works like this:

  • Starting in late February and continuing through March, the Kentucky Historical Society hosts regional contests for NHDKy participants
  • The top one-third of projects in each division and category at regional contests advance to the state competition that takes place in April
  • The top two projects in the junior and senior divisions for each category are eligible to participate in the National NHD contest that draws participants from each state and throughout the world.

At each level, volunteer judges follow rubrics, which the national NHD program designed to score student projects. Judging consists of project content and presentation evaluation and an interview with students (the interview is important to help judges understand and evaluate the project, but it is not judged).

Regional contests are open to all NHDKy participants. National competition is open only to NHDKy participants in grades 6 through 12.

FAQs (PDF document)

NHDKY Contests

Students must compete in their region to qualify for state.

Region 1: Murray State University-Paducah. March 27. ( Campus Map) | 2020 Results Opens as PDF.

Region 2: Grayson County, March 26. | 2020 Results Opens as PDF.

Region 3: Kentucky Historical Society, March 14. (Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History) | 2020 Results Opens as PDF.

Region 4: Eastern Kentucky University, March 21. (Campus Map) | 2020 Results Opens as PDF.

Region 5: Morehead State University, March 28. (Campus Map) | 2020 Results Opens as PDF.

Region 6: Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College-Cumberland, March 13. (Campus Map) | 2020 Results Opens as PDF.

Virtual State Competition: April 25.| 2020 Results Opens as PDF.
LIVE Awards Ceremony, April 29, 1:30 p.m.

Secretary of State Adams on the importance of history.

Kentucky Historical Society Director, Scott Alvey welcomes you to the awards ceremony.

Live broadcast of the awards ceremony with NHDKy State Coordinator, Jennifer Disponette.

Contest Registration

Participant Registration Fees: Regional Contests: $10 | State Contest: $15

Participants and judges register here.

Contest Policies

Contest Advancement Policy
Fees and Cancellation Policy
Judging Policy


Would you or someone you know be willing to volunteer as a judge? Watch this video or download a flyer to learn more about being a judge.

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, National History Day in Kentucky judging is going online for the first time! New and veteran judges should check out this 26-minute video to learn about the judging process, how to write a good evaluation, and who to contact for help and questions. Thanks to all our NHDKy judges! (Download a PDF of the PowerPoint.)