The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) announced that four students from Barker Middle School in Michigan City and five students from Area Career Center University in Hammond are among the finalists of the National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) northwest region contest held Saturday at Saint Mary’s College. Approximately 130 students took part in the contest, with all finalists advancing to the NHDI state contest, Saturday, April 13, at the University of Indianapolis. NHDI is a yearlong program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana’s schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject and then use their research to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. To reach the state contest, students must qualify at one of six regional contests around Indiana.
Volunteers judges are still needed at four upcoming contests in Carmel (March 2), Evansville (March 5), Franklin (March 9) and Hanover (March 16). In addition, judges are needed for the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) District Contest (March 13) and at the state competition (April 13). NHDI is presented by the Indiana National Guard, The Richard W. and Irene Rooker Family Foundation, TCU Foundation and the Vigran Family Foundation. To register as a volunteer judge, visit or call (317) 232-1882.