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This article emphasizes the importance of National History Day in middle and high schools.

The article cites data gathered from across the country that compares student performance for those who participate in NHD versus those who do not.

The study concluded that NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on standardized test in all topic areas, including reading, science, and math, as well as social studies.

NHD students are better writers, have better prepared those skills necessary to succeed in college and are critical thinkers who can digest, analyze and synthesize information.

The article also says the value of history education is long-lasting and wide-ranging.

Students find that studying the past gives them an understanding of democracy and citizenship unlike any other subject or class in school.