Pinellas History Day
Pinellas History Day 2021
The virtual Awards Ceremony will be on March 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Details coming soon!
What is Pinellas History Day?
Pinellas History Day is a local part of a nationwide organization called National History Day. This competition is similar to the Science Fair, except History Day students write papers, construct exhibits, perform plays, create documentaries, or design websites based on rigorous research. The competition begins at the individual school level. The winners from each school engage in the Pinellas History Day contest. Winners from this day go on to compete on the state and national level.
Pinellas History Day makes history come alive for Pinellas middle and high school students by engaging them in discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past. Pinellas History Day inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.
Where does Pinellas History Day take place?
This year's competition will be virtual at the following levels: Regional (Pinellas History Day-PHD), state (Florida History Day-FHD), and national (National History Day-NHD).
How can I learn more about National and Pinellas History Day?
What does a judge do at Pinellas History Day?
We need two kinds of judges: preliminary round and final round.
- Preliminary round judges will have access to student projects within our internal Zfairs website from February 26-March 5 to view and evaluate the projects. On the evening of March 5 they will have a mandatory 1-hour virtual session with the other judges in their group to rank the projects and move on the top two to the final round of the competition.
- Final round judges will have access to the projects promoted by the preliminary round judges from the evening of March 5 and through the morning of March 6. They will have a mandatory 1-hour virtual session with the other judges in their group to rank the projects into 1-3rd place and advance the first and second place projects on to Florida History Day.
How does judging work?
- Judges will be trained, either in our live virtual session or from the recording of that session, using the National History Day rulebook and judging forms. Judges will evaluate one category as part of judging teams.
What if I am not a history expert?
To sign up for Pinellas History Day, please visit our competition site.
- You don’t have to be a history expert! Instead, judging teams will be trained to recognize historical quality, to note connection to the theme, and to identify clarity of presentation.
National History Day Winners
Have any Pinellas students ever won the National History Day competition?
- In 2020, Victor Xie won 3rd place at NHD for his Senior Paper, Breaking Barriers to Provide Food, Freedom, and a Future: The Berlin Airlift’s Quest to Beat the Blockade
- In 2020, Charles Wain-Nye and Mackenzie Wallace were finalists at NHD for their Junior Group Performance, Breaking Barriers Out Of Left Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
- In 2019, Arista Athanassie, Kaiden Britz, and Tina Gudovic were finalists at NHD for their Junior Group Website, Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium: A Life Dedicated to Science
- In 2016, Gabrielle Hines and Jennifer Gilby won 1st place at NHD for their exhibit on neonatal pioneer Dr. Martin A. Couney.
- In 2014, Palm Harbor University students Mia Radovanovic and Connor Corbett won second place in the nation in the Senior Group Exhibit, Every Man A King: Questioning Right and Long. Amy Paskiewicz, also from Palm Harbor High University, placed third in the nation in the Senior Individual Website category with the Korematsu v. United States: Fighting for Rights, Facing Responsibilities entry.
- In 2013, three Pinellas County students won top place honors at the national competition in Washington, DC!
- In 2012, Pinellas County had its first National Winner! Samantha Irvine, from Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg won first place at National History Day in Washington, DC.
- Congratulations to Gabrielle Hines and Jennifer Gilby for their 1st place win at National History Day in Washington, DC! Their exhibit on neonatal pioneer Dr. Martin A. Couney amazed historians and won them a coveted spot among National History Day champions.