This Year's Contest


2018 Theme

The theme for the 2017-18 school year is "Conflict & Compromise in History." This theme requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict?  Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions as you choose, research, and present your chosen topic.

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Suggested NC History Topics for 2018 Theme 

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 16, 2018
Chowan University

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

Dr. Edward Snyder

Central Piedmont

March 24, 2018
UNC Greensboro

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

Njeri Jennings

(919) 724-9696


March 21, 2018
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 23, 2018
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 21, 2018
Cape Fear Museum

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

Pepper Hill
(910) 798-4386

Southwest Piedmont

March 2, 2018
UNC Charlotte

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

Victor Mack
(704) 687-8801


March 17, 2018
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 2018 North Carolina History Day contest will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 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 919-807-7395. 

If you qualified for the State Contest at your regional contest, please click the link below to register.  Information on registration and the contest can be found in the student packet here.

State Contest Registration