Record Number of Students “Taking a Stand in History” at Riverside County National History Day Competition

For fifth consecutive year, record number of students (378) and entries (215) from 15 districts and 58 schools will participate in National History Day

Taking a Stand in History, National History Day 2017

“Taking a Stand in History” is the theme for Riverside County National History Day set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Ramona High School in Riverside.

RIVERSIDE – Sitting Bull, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel, Dolores Huerta, and dozens of other luminaries from history will be the focus of student projects at the annual Riverside County National History Day set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Ramona High School (7675 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA).

Featuring the 2017 theme of “Taking a Stand in History,” the competition will feature nearly double the number of entries than five years earlier in 2012. Categories include the following for junior division (grades 6-8) and senior division (grades 9-12): documentary, performance, exhibit, paper, and website. Students in grades 4-5 compete in a 2-D poster category.

Categories open to the public for viewing include performance, documentary, and website. The exhibit hall will be open to the public from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

The full list of competition entries and schedule for presentations is available at

Other notable entries include:

“Integration in Riverside: Arthur Littleworth’s Master Plan”

Arthur Littleworth, former Riverside Unified School District trustee, who presided over the district during the days of school integration, will be subject of the senior group documentary video by Alexander Escamilla, Claire Harsch, and Brooklyn Muñoz of Martin Luther King High School in Riverside USD.

“The Hamilton Mixtape 2.0”

Katie George (King High School, Riverside USD) will center her individual senior performance around the collection of songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda about America’s founding fathers that was first developed while the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hamilton, was taking shape.

“Gene Roddenberry: Where No Man Has Gone Before”

A junior group documentary by Ryan Driver, Daniel Falk, and Nathalie Orellana from Vista Verde Middle School in the Val Verde Unified School District will focus on the American television screenwriter and producer best remembered for creating the original Star Trek television series. Roddenberry also flew 89 combat missions during World War II, was a commercial airline pilot, and served as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department.

County winners will advance to the National History Day-California State Competition in Rocklin on May 6-7, 2017. In 2016, 51 entries from Riverside County advanced to the state competition. From the state competition, winners advance to the National History Day Competition, June 11-15, 2017, at the University of Maryland, College Park.