National History Day – or NHD, as it is known to all of our students – is a months-long research competition culminating in a national final at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. There is an annual theme and students can choose to present their projects as a paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or a website. There are individual and group categories.
Humanities teachers pushed students to gather unique interviews for their projects. For example, one student skyped with the last living member of the Manhattan Project, Dr. Roy J. Glauber.
In 2016, six students advanced to the Connecticut finals in West Hartford. Julia and Sofia’s group exhibit about the S.S. St. Louis won an award from the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield Country for their work. Flora, Juliana, Katherine, and Nicole’s group performance titled “WASPs and the Flight for Equality” finished first in Connecticut and advanced to the National History Day competition in Maryland. Their performance earned them a top-ten place nationally.
In 2020, Carolina and Richa won first place regionally and second place statewide, advancing them to the national competition with their project titled “Advancement = Acceptance: The 1980s AIDS Crisis”. This project focused on how scientific breakthroughs in HIV and infectious diseases had the power to break related social stigma pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. The pair completed a majority of this project at home during the height of the pandemic. Other members of InLab’s class of 2022 placed regionally, including Madison and Demi
5 Greenwich students make history in competition (Greenwich Time, 5/17/20)
Greenwich InLab teens vie for national honors (Greenwich Time, 6/15/16)