National History Day in Kentucky

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

National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKY) is an annual learning competition for students in grades 4-12.  Driven by curiosity, imagination, and innovation, NHDKY empowers students to express themselves through a historical topic they are passionate about.  This hands-on experience focuses on the autonomy and creativity of each student as they research a topic of their choice, interpret its relevancy to our lives today, and display what they learned through a variety of platforms.  The judging portion of the competition gives students the opportunity to serve as advocates of their work, which offers real-world experience in building confidence and conviction.  Each year, KHS creates a coalition of judges across the state to be ambassadors of history in this rewarding student experience that benefits all, inside and outside 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