Pinellas History Day

  • National History Day 2020 - Breaking Barriers In History

    Pinellas History Day 2020

    Friday, February 28 and Saturday February 29, 2020


    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.

    NHD - National History Day

    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?

    Pinellas History Day will take place at Largo High School on both February 28 & 29, 2020


    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: on-site and off-site.

    • On-site judges will judge on Friday evening or on Saturday. No experience is necessary! Judges will be trained on site.
    • Off-site judges are needed during the month of February to judge papers and websites from home. We will send those to you along with instructions, web-based training and judging rubrics. You can do this on your own schedule.

    How does judging work?

    • Judges will be trained, either on site or via podcasts/videos using the National History Day rulebook and judging forms. Judges will evaluate one category at a time, as part of judging teams.

    What if I am not a history expert?

    • 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.
    To sign up for Pinellas History Day, please complete the Judges Sign Up Form

National History Day Winners

  • Have any Pinellas students ever won the National History Day competition?

    • 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.