Monday, April 25, 2016

400 Connecticut Student Historians to Compete at CHD State Contest: April 30 at Central Connecticut State University

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116

Over 400 middle and high school student historians will compete at the Connecticut History Day (CHD) State Contest this Saturday, April 30 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.  Eighty one Connecticut schools will be represented at this annual contest. The students participating have previously finished first, second, or third at one of the six Regional State Contests that took place throughout Connecticut earlier this spring. The students will be competing for the chance to participate in the prestigious National History Day® (NHD) Contest at the University of Maryland (June 12-16), where 2,000 other students from around the country will also be representing their respective states.

The student historians have spent months researching historical topics of their own choice related to this year’s national theme of Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The students, who choose to work alone or in a group, present their projects in one of five categories: Paper, Documentary, Exhibit, Website, or Performance.   The projects will be presented to teams of volunteer judges, who must choose the top three projects in each category. First and second place finishers will advance to the National Contest.  Additionally, over twenty Special Prizes, sponsored by numerous museums and non-profit organizations from across the state, will be presented to students.
The CHD State Contest will begin with a Welcome Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Welte Auditorium where CCSU Provost Dr. Carl Lovitt will be on hand.  Students will begin presenting their projects at 9:30 a.m. in the Social Sciences Building and Davidson Hall.  Judging is set to conclude by 2:30 p.m.

At 3:45 p.m., hundreds of students, parents and teachers will once more congregate at Welte Auditorium to hear the final results of the day at the CHD Award Ceremony. For the third straight year, the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Band will kick-off the ceremony with a rousing performance. CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover will be joined by special guests for the presentation of CHD State Contest Awards, including Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna Wentzell, CCSU’s Dr. Matthew Warshauer, and the Executive Director of Connecticut’s Old State House Sally Whipple.

Follow the day’s activities with the hashtag #CHDStates.
Connecticut History Day is led by Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford, with support from the Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities’ website,  Major funding for CHD is provided by Connecticut Humanities. You can learn more about Connecticut History Day by visiting the program’s website,, and by following CHD on Facebook and Twitter. The National History Day® website may be viewed at