Photos from the 2019 National History Day Contest

Eighth-grader D’Shanti had an awesome time at the National History Day Contest last week.

The annual contest was held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and is estimated to have been attended by nearly 3,000 students from the United States and abroad.

D’Shanti made it to the national contest after advancing in both city and state competitions with her project, “Highway Construction in the 1950s: The Helping and Hindering of Chicago’s Highway.” The project was submitted under this year’s theme, “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”

Although D’Shanti did not place in the national contest, she reported having a wonderful time meeting other students and hopes to compete in the contest again in high school.

Her trip also included tours of the Newseum, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., among other destinations.

Next year’s National History Day Contest is scheduled for June 14-18 at the University of Maryland. The theme will be “Breaking Barriers in History.”

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Check out the photos from this year’s contest below (click to enlarge).

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