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2021 Theme


This guide will help students settle on a NHD topic and support their research as they prepare for the West Virginia NHD competition.

Be sure to explore the 2021 theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding and the student resources.

Theme Video

Important NHD Information

To find out more and to register for this year's contest, visit the

WV NHD website

Please note: The West Virginia contest will be held virtually this year, from Monday, April 26, 2021 to Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Important National Contest Information:

Registration Opening Date: 12:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Registration Closing Date: 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Website Lock-Out Date: 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Project Upload Date: 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Virtual National Contest: Sunday, June 13 - Saturday, June 19, 2021

Student Registration Fee: $150
No Teacher Registration Fee