National History Day Club
  • National History Day Club is a club that encourages and assists students in creating projects for National History Day.  Mentored by Janelle Gilson, and run concurrently with first and second semester freshmen classes, its goal is to help students proceed to the competition level.  In 2018, 150+ RHS students competed regionally, with 40 competing at the state competition at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.  Of those students, 20 went on to compete at the national level in College Park, Maryland.

    Every Monday after school is Monday NHD Madness in Lab 100.  Here students can get personalized help from Mrs. Gilson until 4 pm.

    Meetings are every A Day Friday and cover a variety of topics in an effort to preparing students to compete.

    Students and Parents may contact Janelle Gilson @

    National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation's capital in June.

    An independent study from 2011 found that participation in the National History Day Contest benefits students far beyond the competition. National History Day not only transports classrooms back in time during the school year, it transforms young minds forever.

    This national organization is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.