State Contest, Arkansas History Day

Saturday, April 9, 2022

After two years of virtual contests, we were thrilled to return to an in-person event in 2022! On Saturday, April 9th, over 300 middle and high school students from across the state gathered at UCA for the State History Day Contest. We enjoyed blue skies, warm weather, and fantastic projects shared by our state’s rising young historians.

During the morning, judges interviewed student contestants and reviewed their entries. This year’s projects explored the theme “Debate and Diplomacy” through a wide variety of student-chosen topics. These topics ranged from debates over Arkansas’s first nuclear reactor to diplomacy during the Crusades. Afterwards, families, students, and teachers enjoyed lunch and a jazz concert on UCA’s McAlister lawn. To conclude the contest, news anchor Craig O’Neill entertained as master of ceremonies, announcing the category winners. Nominations for the History Day Teacher of the Year Award went to Aimee Mimms (Russellville Junior High) and Erin Mills (Alma High School). Contest results — a complete list of student winners and special prize recipients — can be found here.

Congratulations to each student who participated in the state contest. Thank you to our fantastic History Day teachers! And finally, our deep appreciation goes out to the scores of volunteers who make Arkansas History Day possible. We can’t wait to see you in 2023!