NHD in Pa
  • 2024 Region 8 Competition will be held at Messiah University on Saturday, March 2nd. 


    The first round of competitions will be held at regional competitions around the state. Camp Hill will compete in Region 8, which is held annually at Messiah University. If students place in the top three places in their category, they move onto the PA state competition held at a location to be determined. From there, they compete for a spot in their respective category to participate in the national competition held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. 

  • 2024 State Competition will be held at the University of Scranton on April 20th-21st.


    Students moving onto the state competition may alter their projects based on the feedback received from judges in the regional competition. The process is similar with a check-in, interview time, and award ceremony. One difference between regionals and the state competition is run-off judging. For most categories, the top 7-10 projects will be asked to return for a 2nd interview in run-off judging. The top three move on to the National Competition at the University of Maryland. 

    There are also special prizes awarded at the State competition. They are as follows: 


    The following special prizes are offered at the State Contest.  Students may self-nominate for these prizes during the State Contest registration.

    The Mayflower Prize

    The Mayflower Prizes recognize NHD in PA projects at the State Contest level that best illustrate the values of the Mayflower Passengers: religious freedom, economic opportunity, self-governance and multicultural respect. Four $1,000 awards will be given, one each for best Junior and Senior paper, and one each for the best overall project (excluding papers) in the Junior and Senior division at the NHD in PA State Contest.  Sponsor:  The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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    Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ History Prize

    This award will recognize an outstanding entry in any category, in either division, that involves an aspect of LGBTQ+ history that is entered in the National History Day in Pennsylvania State Contest. Student projects must clearly reflect the theme of History Day and demonstrate balanced research and a clear understanding of the topic and its place in history. The use of non-traditional research sources (such as oral histories, photos, newspaper clippings, etc.) is acceptable because LGBTQ+ history is often not recorded in traditional formats.  The award consists of one $500 award for the best project, three $100 honorable mention awards for the runner’s up.  Sponsors:  The LGBT Center of Central PA History Project and the PA LGBT History Network.

    The Irwin Marcus Award

    The Irwin Marcus Award will be given for the best National History Day in Pennsylvania paper in the Senior Division relating to the history of Pennsylvania, broadly defined. The award is a cash prize of $100 and honors Dr. Irwin M. Marcus, History Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and judge of senior papers for History Day for more than a quarter-century.  Sponsor:  The Pennsylvania Historical Association.