That being said, this all may seem daunting if you have never done anything like it before in your classes. From my experience, however, History Day provides the best opportunity to expand beyond what’s familiar and comfortable in order to ultimately learn invaluable research and analytical skills.
Throughout all four years, History Day consistently served as an important source of growth for me. Though you may be thrilled to discover the connection between yellow journalism and immigration in the early 1900s or that Griswold v. Connecticut served as the prelude to Roe v. Wade, don’t forget about some of the more general and overarching things you will learn about community and historical research as well.
I wish you the best of luck with all your projects! What will you learn?
Shay Pezzulo participated in Connecticut History Day & National History Day from 2013-2016 (8th to 11th grade). During that time, she earned 1st Place with the project Duel and Duality: New Journalism, New York in the Senior Division of the Individual Website Category at 2016 National History Day Competition.
She also worked as an intern at the Connecticut Old State House during the summer of 2015 and wrote the Connecticut History Day Student Guide.
Shay graduated from Classical Magnet School in 2017; currently attending Harvard University and studying Social Sciences (of some form) on a pre-med track. She also mentors high school students through CollegeVine in Cambridge, MA.