Each year, thousands of middle and high school students and teachers across the United States participate in National History Day, a year-long educational program that culminates in a national contest every June. Students compete in a regional competition, NHD Philly. The winners from the regional competition move on to the state competition, NHD in PA. Winners from NHD in PA move on to the national competition in Washington, DC. Along the way, every participant gains first-hand experience conducting historical research and producing a documentary, exhibit, essay, performance, or website.