National History Day in Kentucky

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National History Day in Kentucky is the ultimate inquiry-inspired project-based learning experience!

NHDKy empowers students grades 4 to 12 to become experts in a topic they are passionate about, building their confidence and promoting the “doing of history” rather than the simple regurgitation of historical facts. Students gain autonomy of their own learning by researching a topic of their choice, determining its historical relevancy, and defending their findings to others. Students gain skills such as critical thinking through the creation of exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and papers, and are all skills that greatly benefit them inside and outside of the classroom.

Why NHD?

Join the Over 4,000 Students and 45 Educators Already Participating in NHDKY!

Since 2012, NHDKy has had 15 national finalists, 6 special national award winners, 4 national medalists, and 1 full-tuition recipient. 2021 was another great year for NHDKy students! Check out our list of winners:

Regional Contest One Results (opens as PDF)

Murray Regional Contest Two Results (opens as PDF)

Morehead Regional Contest Three Results (opens as PDF)

State Contest Awards Ceremony Results (opens as PDF)

Presented LIVE on April 28th  from the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort, on the campus of the Kentucky Historical Society. Winners were announced for all categories of students who competed from across the Commonwealth. Thanks to the teachers, parents, and students who persevered through the challenges we faced, to make this another successful and historic year of National History Day in Kentucky.

Meet your NHDKy Coordinator

Tyler McDaniel is the National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKy) State Coordinator. Tyler can be reached at