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History Day

Monterey County's 24th Annual History Day

2014 Theme:  Rights and Responsibilities in History

WHEN: March 7th and 8th, 2014
(Friday, March 7th is for Exhibit setup only.  3:30pm - 6:00pm)

WHERE: Los Arboles Middle School

WHO: Open to students from grades 4 - 12  (student's school must be registered)*

CONTACT: or 831-372-6098

*due to a change in the NHD-CA competition fee structure, we can no longer accept individual student registrations.  To participate in History Day, your school must be registered with the Lyceum.  

For History Day Participants (these links will be updated as information for 2014 is made available):

What is History Day?

History Day is a statewide program sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation in conjunction with National History Day.  It is open to students from grades 4 through 12.  History Day is an exciting enrichment program that furthers students understanding of historical issues, ideas, people and events.  It is an academic adventure that provides teachers with an innovative teaching tool that fosters students' enthusiasm for learning.  Students will develop invaluable research and analytical skills as they progress through their projects and define the significance of their topics.  This event will quickly become a tradition for the students, teachers, schools and parents.

Students Can Compete in the Following Six Categories:   
Historical paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, historical web site, or 4/5th grade poster. 

What happens to the participants that win? 

The Monterey County History Day program is part of a statewide competition that involves over 35,000 students each year. The winning projects of the Monterey County Competition will compete at the California State Finals.  The winners of the state competition will represent California at the National Competition.  


Participating students and teachers spend months brainstorming, researching, writing, editing, designing, and preparing for the History Day Competition.  But it cannot be a successful event without volunteers.  Judging the History Day Competition is a great way to get involved in this event and provide students feedback on the project they have spent so much time and energy creating.  The Lyceum offers judge orientations in instructed by experienced judges to provide all the information you will need to continue the excellence of this tradition.  If you are interested in volunteering as a judge please contact This year, the Judge Orientation will be soon scheduled the third week in February, 2013. Two orientations are held - one in Monterey and one in Salinas.  New judges are required to attend one of these orientations. 

List of Online Resources and Connections:

Important 2013 Dates:

NHD-CA: April 26 - 28, 2013 at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento 

NHD: June 9 (Sunday/opening ceremony), June 10 (Junior division prelims), June 11 (Senior division prelims and Jr finals), June 12 (Senior finals), June 13 (Awards)

For Updated Information:

History Day –California’s Facebook page is a great place to get current History Day information.  Their website is in transition and will be updated as soon as possible.  Their Facebook page feeds directly onto their website if you do not have Facebook.

2014 County Winners:

Isidoro Cosentino              James Gonzales            Alex Brody                Noah Silverstein            

Jordan Banon                    Gabrielle Arreola           Marianne Tuazon

Tara Mann                        Katherine Hewitt             Kyle Worcester-Moore

Molly Mancina                    Rohan Bhushan            Christopher How

Talia Awerbuck                  Annika Uemura              Natalie Lobo

Sophia Davies                   Quynh Stanoff                Thai Stanoff

Primrose Waranimman      Grace Padgett                Arya Puar

Tara Smith                        Gabriella Gallo Rodriguez               Gabriella Flanders

Akila Rajesh

Our special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support and contributions to the event.: 

  • The Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
  • Chapman Foundation
  • Harden Foundation
  • Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Foundation
  • Winners Awards and Engraving

And Special thanks to:

Joyce Breckenridge,
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Joyce Breckenridge,
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Joyce Breckenridge,
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Joyce Breckenridge,
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