Texas students compete virtually and in-person at hybrid Texas History Day competition


May 4th, 2022 (updated 3 months ago)

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Students from across the state gathered in person at the University of Texas on Saturday, April 23, 2022, anxiously waiting to see if their name would be called as a winner during the awards ceremony for the 42nd Annual Texas History Day (THD), an affiliate of National History Day (NHD). Sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), THD is the culmination of a year-long program in which students pick a research topic related to the NHD theme for 2022, Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

TSHA’s Texas History Day program engages thousands of students each year in the study of history. Throughout the school year, participating middle and high school students choose a historical topic of interest that connects to that year’s national theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research on the subject. After analyzing and interpreting their research materials, students create a project—either a research paper, exhibit, performance, website, or documentary—to present their findings to peers and teachers before moving on to regional, state, and possibly national contests.

After two years of virtual contests due to school closures and pandemic safety restrictions, TSHA held the state contest in person at the University of Texas at Austin and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. For students who could not attend in person, a virtual competition was held over the preceding week. Virtual finalists competed with in-person finalists at the state competition on Saturday, and winners in each category were announced at the awards ceremony. More than 761 Texas students submitted their projects to be scored by 159 volunteer in-person and remote judges. Of those students, 77 were selected to advance to the National History Day contest, which will also be held virtually this year.

“I am so proud of our Texas History Day students,” said Lisa Berg, TSHA’s Director of Education Services and state coordinator for Texas History Day. “They have risen to the challenge during the past couple of years when we went virtual with the state contest. I was so thrilled to be able to be back in-person this year, and so were the students, the excitement was evident!” The whole TSHA family wishes each of these students the best of luck as they advance to the national competition. 

To learn more about TSHA’s Texas History Day program and to view a full list of award winners, visit https://texashistoryday.com.

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