TEXAS HISTORY DAY
TEXAS HISTORY DAY. Texas History Day is one of several educational programs of the Texas State Historical Association. A part of the National History Day program, Texas History Day is a competition for students in grades 6 through 12, whereby students demonstrate their interest in and knowledge of history. Students, who compete in a junior high (grades 6–8) or a senior high (grades 9–12) division, may enter one of seven categories: a paper; a project (individual or group); a performance (individual or group); or a media presentation (individual or group). Students must win a first or second place at their regional fair before they are eligible to compete at Texas History Day, a 1½-day event held in Austin each spring. Those winning first or second place at the state level advance to a national competition held at the University of Maryland in June. More than 10,000 students participate in the program in Texas at the regional level; approximately 800 of those advance to the state contest; and seventy or so of those win at the state level to compete in the national contest. Texas became involved in the national program in 1981. In eight of the past fourteen national contests Texas won more awards than any other state.