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In Alerts on February 6, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

National History Day in Kentucky, Kentucky Historical SocietyNational History Day in Kentucky is about to get underway and the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is looking for judges for regional and state competitions. The following is from a flyer received from Cheryl Caskey at KHS.

2018 NHDKY Contest Dates
March 3, Highland Heights (NKU)

March 10, Morehead (MSU)

March 17, Louisville (UofL)

March 23, Cumberland (SKCTC)

March 24, Richmond (EKU)

March 30, Paducah (Murray campus)

April 21, Lexington (UK)

Why should you consider becoming an NHDKy judge?

  • You have an appreciation for history.
  • You want to learn more about different historical topics.
  • You enjoy seeing history presented creatively.
  • You want to encourage students to continue learning about history.
  • You want to help students to grwo as critical and creative thinkers.

What does an NHDKy judge do?

  • Give valuable feedback to students!
  • Provide a positive experience for students, teachers and parents.
  • Engage with other professionals, historians and teachers.
  • Meet students that are excited to share with you what they have learned.
  • Learn about a variety of topics through documentaries, websites, performances, exhibits or papers.

For information, contact Cheryl Caskey ( 502-564-1792 x4461.

To register, go to



KY student wins!

In KATH Awards,Spotlight on June 17, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Congratulations to one of our KATH Tolson Award winners, Amir Abou-Jaoude of Henry Clay High School, Fayette County Public Schools, in Lexington. Sponsored by his teacher,
Jonathan McClintock, his paper on Richard Wagner won the Anita Sanford Tolson Award in 2015.

Read more about his winning this year’s National History Day award this year at Time online: Amir, you make us proud!


CFP: Student Writing Awards

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History calls for submissions for the KATH Student Writing Awards 2015.

KATH sponsors four writing awards for students each year – two of which are specifically for undergraduates and one for graduate students attending Kentucky postsecondary institutions. The high school award submissions are typically gathered from those sent in for the National History Day competition at the statewide level (see also the KATH post about the Kentucky winners at the national level). The chair for this award committee is Cheryl Caskey, Kentucky Historical Society.

KATH is currently seeking papers written by postsecondary students during the 2014-15 academic year and sponsored by their faculty. The entries will be reviewed by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the annual KATH meeting on October 3rd at Owensboro Community & Technical College.

Please consider inviting your faculty to sponsor their students’ work in history research.

  • Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award for the student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in U.S. history while attending a Kentucky college or university (must not exceed 25 pages).
  • Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) – the paper can consider American issues and material if the bulk of the paper has a world focus (minimum of 2500 words).
  • George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award for the best graduate research paper on any topic (should be journal article length).

For specific details on the requirements for each award, please download the flyers (here and here) and refer others to the KATH webpage: Please have your faculty send students’ entries for the Clark and Betts awards to Randolph Hollingsworth ( and the Herring award to Melanie Goan ( before midnight, September 11th.

Posted August 6, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth


KY wins at National History Day

In Spotlight on June 30, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

NHD - National History DayThe Kentucky History Society organized the National History Day (NHD)competitions again this year, and approximately 3,000 students advanced to the state competition held at the University of Kentucky on Saturday April 25th. Fifty-seven  Kentucky students advanced in Kentucky to qualify for the national contest. Of those, five Kentucky students advanced to the final round of competition and placed among the top 15 places in their respective divisions at the NHD contest in College Park, Maryland, June 14-18th.

  • Amir Abou-Jaoude, Henry Clay High School (Lexington) with his Senior Essay, “Richard Wagner and the Legacy of the Leitmotif.” Abou-Jaoude won the “Salute to Courage” award for Kentucky from The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Jonathan McClintock was his teacher. The prize carries a paid trip to the museum to coincide with the opening of a new exhibit. (See the KHS Twitter picture of Amir learning of his award – Amir is in the front row, middle, in a light blue shirt.)
  • Catherine Bache, Kentucky Country Day School (Louisville) with her Senior Individual Performance, “One Hundred Years and Counting: The Vision of Juliette Gordon Low.” Lisa Bache was her teacher.
  • Nicholas Imam, Winburn Middle School (Lexington) with his Junior Individual Documentary, “Dr. Michael DeBakey: Pumping Innovation for the Future.” Theresa Buczek was his teacher.
  • Kevin Jing and Rehan Ghanta, Winburn Middle School (Lexington) with their Junior Group Website, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Ideas that Shaped America.” Michelle Cason and Theresa Buczek were their teachers. (See their website here.) Jing and Ghanta were named best in state among junior division entries.
  • Joanna Slusarewicz, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington) with her Senior Individual Documentary, “Pulling the Teeth: How a Collision between Leaders Left a Lasting Legacy on the Federal Banking System.” Allison Roberts was her teacher. Slusarewicz was named best in state for senior division entries and received a full scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Congratulations to these students, their families and especially to their history teachers throughout their academic careers!

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Call for NHD judges

In Alerts on April 15, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Judge for National History Day in KentuckyThe Kentucky Junior Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society Needs You to be a Judge at the National History Day in Kentucky state contest.
April 25 at the University of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) offers an annual program with students around the state called National History Day in Kentucky. It’s basically a history “convention” for 4th-12th grade students. It revolves around an overall theme (this year is “Leadership and Legacy”) but can  range in a variety of topics.An unprecedented number of students have participated in regional National History Day contests this year.

There are five categories to be judged – papers, exhibit boards, websites, documentaries, and performances. As a judge, your responsibilities are to review projects, talk to enthusiastic students, and rank the projects based on established criteria. Judging volunteers can indicate their preferred category. Specific category instructions can be found on the KHS website under the heading, “Volunteer to be a NHD Judge.”

The day for judges begins at 8:00 with orientation (breakfast is provided), judging begins at 9:00 and lasts until 12 or so, with lunch (also provided) following so judges can finish up their scoring. Judges should be finished around 1 pm.

More information about the NHD topic can be downloaded (.pdf file) here. The Judges Evaluation Guidelines can be downloaded (.docx file) here.

This year, the state’s National History Day competition is held at the University of Kentucky in the White Hall Classroom Building and Barker Hall on Saturday 25 April.

Here’s the online registration link ( for volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Ashlee Chilton, Museum Educator at KHS, through her work email at


Kentucky History Day 2014

In Spotlight on October 5, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

NHD theme 2014 Kentucky History Day is a project-based education program that engages students in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Participation is open to all 4th-12th grade public, private, and home school students. They can choose topics about art history, scientific history and technology, military history, political history, religious history, and almost anything else that sparks their curiosity.

Students are expected to place their project into historical perspective, examine its significance in history, and show development over time. Their projects should also include an investigation into available primary and secondary sources, analysis of the evidence, and a clear explanation of the relationship of the topic to the theme.

Kentucky state map showing KJHS districts 1-8The competition categories are as follows:

  • Junior (6-8 graders) and Senior (9-12 graders) Divisions
    • Exhibit
    • Documentary
    • Paper (individual only)
    • Performance
    • Website
  • Youth Division (4th and 5th graders)
    • Exhibit
    • Documentary
    • Website

This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History” – the national website offers a wide variety of sample topics associated with the theme (

A district competition (you can download the map here) leads up to the statewide competition at the University of Louisville (April 25-26, 2014).

Regional District Date and Site of Competition
Districts 1 and 2 March 29, 2013; Kentucky Wesleyan University (Owensboro)
Districts 3 and 4 TBA
District 5 March 22, 2013; Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond)
District 6 Date TBD; Northern Kentucky University
District 7 February 22, 2013; Morehead State University (Morehead)
District 8 March 28, 2013; Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (Cumberland)


If you are interested in further information regarding National History Day in Kentucky, see the Kentucky Historical Society’s website <>. To arrange a visit from the NHD coordinator in Kentucky, please contact Cheryl Caskey at or 502-564-1792, ext. 4461.

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