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2018-19 Program Year


2018-19 Theme

The theme for the 2018-19 school year is "Triumph & Tragedy in History." This theme is complex and requires students to view history through multiple perspectives.
Can one person’s triumph be another’s tragedy? Can the same person or group suffer from tragedy and triumph at the same time? How does one ultimately triumph after tragedy? Can triumph lead to tragedy? Throughout this academic year students will ask themselves these questions and more, always looking for how and why.

2019 Theme Book  

Suggested NC History Topics for 2019 Theme - Coming Soon!  

Regional Contests

North Carolina is divided into seven regions for History Day competitions. Students must first participate in their assigned regional contest, then the finalists from that region will advance to the state competition. As soon as you decide to participate, we strongly suggest contacting your region's coordinator so they can keep you up-to-date on contest information and assist you throughout the process.

Contest Date/Location Counties Covered Coordinator

March 29, 2019
Chowan University

Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans

Dr. Edward Snyder

Central Piedmont

March 23rd, 2019
Alamance Community College

Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham,Vance, Wake, Warren

Sherri Singer

(336) 506-4396


March 21, 2019
East Carolina University

Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

Dr. Christopher Oakley
(252) 328-1025

Northwest Piedmont

March 22, 2019
Surry Community College

Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin

Richard Shelton
(336) 386-3236


March 5, 2019 - Junior Division (Middle School)

March 6, 2019 - Senior Division (High School)
Cape Fear Museum

Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson

Pepper Hill
(910) 798-4386

Southwest Piedmont

March 15, 2019
UNC Charlotte

Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly, Union

Victor Mack
(704) 687-8801


March 30, 2019
Western Carolina University

Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey

Jeff Futch
(828) 296-7230 ext. 222

State Contest

The 2019 North Carolina History Day contest will be held in the spring of 2019 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Please remember that you must first compete at the regional level in order to qualify for the state contest. You can find out information about your region and its contest in the chart above. If you have questions about the state contest, contact the State Coordinator Karen Ipock at or (919) 814-6639. 

2019 State Contest Registration - Coming Soon!