History Day is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive research analyzing the historical significance of their topic.
Students’ work is presented in a variety of forms and is entered for competition at the county level in hopes of advancing to the state and even national level.
History Day is a way to teach history that also makes a difference in all subject areas. National evaluation of History Day finds that students who participate in the program perform better academically than their peers. To read more about the national program evaluation and History Day’s effect on student achievement, click here:
CCEE San Diego Involvement
The San Diego Center for Economic Education is proud to support History Day . Each year board members attend the countywide program interviewing students and judging entries. Cash awards are provided to students who include economics within their project.
Judging Criteria - NEW
Projects will be judged based upon the student’s presentation of economic concepts pertinent to his/her topic and the student’s ability to articulate his/her knowledge of economics through the interview process.
Appropriate economic concepts should be evidenced, either within the student’s project or during the interview process. Economic connections should be drawn and elaborated upon. Students should be knowledgeable about/show an understanding of the economic concepts that pertain to his/her project. The students should be able to articulate accurately this understanding to the judges when questioned using correct context and terminology.
See the Nine Principles of Economics for specific concepts and applications.
Cash prizes are:
To apply for the Economics Award, students should complete and submit the online application form. Deadline for applications is, February 24, 2012.
- 1st Place Senior Exhibit: $250
- 1st Place Senior Performance: $250
- 1st Place Junior Exhibit: $150
- 1st Place Junior Performance: $150
- 1st Place Posters: $50
In addition, students should be sure to mark that they are applying for the award on their History Day application submitted to the San Diego County Office of Education. Mark the box “Outstanding Research, Analysis and Presentation of Economics.”
Check out the National History Day’s website
If you would like a representative from the San Diego Center for Economic Education to visit your school classroom or provide a mini-workshop on identifying/integrating economics into a History Day project, contact Pat Pierson at